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11th June 2019

By Robert Ellis

A video has appeared online showing the moment that a panicked fawn was saved by a considerate motorist before being retrieved by its mum.

The baby deer, in Bremerton, Washington, USA, was spooked by traffic and responded by playing dead in the road. However, the driver was alert to the danger, stopping the car and switching off the engine. After a few moments, the mother deer returned to its offspring and nuzzled it until it calmed down enough to stand up. The pair then trotted off.

Many animals will play dead, especially when startled. Several species of mammals, reptiles, fish and even sharks have reportedly feigned death, reports the Daily Star.