THIS JUST IN: Under-the-desk-snugglin’

According to Lemonade Poem; “The Jesusita Fire in Santa Barbara, CA last week caused these two to take shelter together. The fawn is 3 days old and the bobcat about 3 weeks. The fawn came from somewhere in the fire and the bobcat from Carpintaria. They immediately bonded and snuggled together under a desk in the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office for several hours.”


Alert cuteporter Bobbeh A. dispatched this one.



  1. Omg so adorable.. Squeeee

  2. “What will become of us?”

  3. I’ve seen a lot of cute pictures on C.O., but this one just made my head explode a la Scanners.

  4. awwwww… too much… i went awwwww out loud…

  5. skippymom says:

    Peaceable Kingdom.

  6. Jimbeaux says:

    Bebehs! I will save you and snuggle you!
    *checks under desk*

  7. Did you hear that? That horrendous sound was my heart breaking into a bajillionityelebenty pieces.
    Thank you. I will now continue my life heartless and forlorn.

  8. BTW: Just read the hover text. Holy coinkey dinks CO Man!

  9. Katrina says:

    I “AWwww”‘ed and Killer barked! No lie! That must be some nice folks in that office. they get an “AWWWW”, too. Looks under desk, nothing but paper. Killer is over there.


  10. Oh my god.

  11. This is the dictionary definition of ResQte! OMG, Peeps. OMG, I say!

  12. That is entirely too cute! I am glad that these little ones have a safe place to be. I only hope that their mothers are okay somewhere–these little guys are too young to have been out in the big world on their own…

  13. Anybody else think the deer looks a little freaked out? He’s all like “omg… omg” and the kitteh’s all like “you’re warm and fluffy for naps” 😀

  14. OMg…poor bebes

    wheres mommy? im bawwwling here!

  15. skippymom says:

    Katrina, what is Killer? I thought he was a hamster, but if he barked, I’m thinking I must have been confused. Or, if you have a barking hamster, wow.

  16. uh…. *bursts into tears*
    I’m feeling about a million emotions right now!

  17. brinnann says:

    ResQte category? BTW, how d’ya make the little “TradeMark” symbol into hypertext?

  18. Jennifer says:

    What happened to them afterwards? Were they reunited with their mommies? Did they go to the zoo? Did they run off together? I need to know!

  19. berthaservant says:

    The Jesusita fire destroyed numerous homes, and charred the beautiful mountains that surround one of the most beautiful pieces of coastline in the world. Firefighters came from all over the state to help contain the fires, which were fueled by an impossibly warm 90+ degree wave of weather (very, very rare in Santa Barbara) and high winds that blew brush fire from the canyons down towards the ocean.

    I have been a student at UCSB for 8 of my nearly 40 years on this earth, and even though I was born and currently live elsewhere, the central coast will always be my home. There is something in the air in Santa Barbara that seems to encourage collaboration, empathy, and looking beyond boundaries and definitions. Maybe it’s the way the ocean faces southward (not west, as you might expect), or maybe it’s the way the area combines beach, farmland, mountains, horse paths, bike paths, surfing, wine country, lakes, sun, sand, and fog, the way you’d want your ideal home to be, atmospheric and dynamic without being too dangerous or daunting (except for fire season, of course).

    This last fire saw dozens of my friends uprooted and relocated for several days, many of them with animals, staying in local shelters, hotels, and with friends. My friends all escaped with their homes intact, but many others were not so fortunate, and many animals sadly lost their lives and their homes.

    We have (in SB, as featured elsewhere on this site) a street performer who works with a dog, cat, and rat riding piggyback on each other; we have 90 year old retirees having lunch next to bubbly co-eds, hard-working 3rd- and 4th generation latinos, and hardcore environmental activists. It does not surprise me in the slightest to see a behbeh bobcat and behbeh deer waiting out the danger together.

    If you ever get a chance to visit Santa Barbara, please do. It’s a delight, and not just the mimosas on the beach at sunset.

  20. berthaservant says:

    P.S. The town next to SB is spelled “Carpinteria,” just FYI.

  21. This is SO sweet!!!

  22. Poor Beehs Cuddled together for support and comfort. Lost from their Mammas. in a real life disney story line.
    Could that picture get any cuter??? No nope never!!!

  23. (sppplllllloooooooooode)

  24. The intelligence and courage it must take for these little babies to seek help from people just breaks my heart. I’m so glad they found it and each other! ❤ ❤

  25. kej5009 says:

    That… is the most amazing thing I have ever seen… A bobcat? And a deer? Snorggling?


  26. audible SQUEEEEEEEEEs!!!

  27. BeckyMonster says:


    All I can think of right now is Bambi running through the burning woods yelling “MOTHER?!”

    As if my day needed another reason to suck.

  28. claudia says:


  29. If these two can get along, you’d think my cats could figure out how to do it. Sheesh.

  30. Berthaservant…thank you for making my day with that description. It sounds like it’s all that’s right with the world. I feel, now, after your description and the picture that there really is still beauty in this world! 🙂

  31. I can’t help thinking that the real suspense comes from wondering if the wildlife
    folks will be able to sucessfully raise the two until the bobcat is old big enough to eat
    the deer.

  32. aawww!!! That is the cutest!!!

  33. “…how we touched, and went our separate ways…”

    Wonderful comment, berthaservant. Santa Barbara sounds idyllic in many ways.

  34. This is just the perfect photo to meditate on when you’re having “one of those Mondays” – reminds you it could always be worse: you could be a pore lost baby animule. 😦

  35. Why does that just break my heart?

  36. Poor bebes. I’m so glad someone was able to take them in for awhile and it’s my hope that they’ve been reunited with their mamas or placed into care with folks who understand their needs. 🙂

    Sweet sweet bebehs!

  37. my HUSBAND said “aww”!

  38. Poor Behbehs!!! Oh my goodness!!

  39. BabyOpossum says:

    Oh, now, Berthaservant, you made me get all verkelmpt!

    I grew up in Santa Barbara, and my childhood home has been threatened several times over the years, the worst being 1990’s Painted Cave Fire and last summer’s Gap Fire. But owing to a little luck and a lot of extremely hardworking firefighters defending our neighborhood, the house still stands. Not so for many of my old school friends’ houses. I now live in another state, but whenever a fire hits, I become glued to the website of the SB Independent (local weekly) for updates…and I ache for my home. The older I get, the more I appreciate my home town, and I toy with the idea of moving back one day. (That plan is currently on hold, pending a mysterious distant relative dying and leaving me a cool mil or so!)

    I think I’d better start planning my next visit. Sigh….

  40. Natalie says:

    I am a puddle of goo…

  41. BabyOpossum says:

    Yes, that should have read, “verklempt.”

    Still no word on the distant relative–stay tuned!

  42. sevencatday says:

    I wish everyone who shoots animals and/or eats them, or thinks they have no feelings or needs or wants could see pics like this every day. Maybe . . . oh never mind . . . I just wish . . .

  43. Oh, the poor little things! At least they found a safe place to stay and a buddy to cuddle with, though. This is one of the most darling, heartbreaking pictures I’ve seen here.

  44. Lerrinus says:

    Mah brain went boom!

  45. SoCalSis says:

    Somehow this seems symbolic of the state of our global community in some apocalyptic future… traditional enemies huddled together for warmth and comfort, hiding away from the terrors of the outside world. I know they’re both scared … (okay– the bobcat looks zonked out, but the dear baby deer really does look entirely freaked out), but they’re both getting — and giving– comfort by embracing “the other”. What a hopeful allegory! (yes I know, I’ve always been an optimist) Soon to be a major animated film from Pixar, voiced by Tom Hanks and Dakota Fanning.

  46. I need an update! What happened to these babies? Are they o.k?

  47. MollybyGolly says:

    (happy sigh)

  48. catloveschanel says:

    the sweetest ever. I said, “ohhhhhh” really loud and it was really quiet at work

  49. Can anyone tell us what has happened to the baby fawn and bobcat? I cannot fathom the thought of them wandering back out into the burned out forest without their mothers!

  50. sairentohiru says:

    I seriously burst into tears here at work. What a beautiful picture!

  51. puddlepeppers says:

    Thank you, Berthaservant and Baby Opossum…
    You guys make my day. Haven’t felt so sad-and-
    grateful since the koala was sharing water with
    the firefighter.

  52. So sweet it breaks my heart! If animals can get along peaceably, why can’t humans!?

  53. sunnymum says:

    So glad they have each other to snuggle with. It seems they would be freaked out since they are not with their mamas, they went through a fire, and they are in an office with humans (even if they are very kind humans). I sure hope they will be okay.

  54. I don’t know whether to explode from the cuteness or cry from the awwness! O_o

  55. What IS it about baby deer?!

    *faints dead away*

  56. :O

  57. I vote Cute or Sad. Fox and the Hound, anyone?

  58. charliewabba says:


  59. I hope that those two babies will go to an animal santuary where they will live out their lives 🙂 Sadly, losing their mothers at such a young age and raised by humans, that is the only safe place for them because they will NOT have a fear of humans who can hurt them 😦

  60. Leilani says:

    This made me cry. Poor little critters. Poor mama critters, too.

  61. I just want to curl up & snuggle with them & protect them from everything.

    So beyond precious & sweet.

    Does anyone happen to know what happened & where they ended up?

    I’d like to think they became the mascots of the Santa Barbara County Dispatch Office!!!

  62. Pademelon says:

    Note to self: CO before essay writing = brain ‘sploder

    Such cuties. I have a real animosity towards arsonists. Between families losing their homes and the massive displacement of animals, which results in a lot animals lacking human and predator avoidance instincts (through no fault of the amazing rescuers), the whole “I was bored and I like fire so I wanted to see it burn” thing just pisses me off. I’m not going to try to compare the heinous-ness of crimes but arson has got to be up there for evil points.

  63. This brought tears to my eyes – literally.

  64. DO WANT!

  65. chanpon says:

    Oh poor little bebehs! (;_;) I hope they are ok. They look so sweet and cuddly – makes me want to crawl right next to them and join them.

  66. aww Bambi and Thumper the… cat?! lol


    that is the cutest thing ever. i’m all warm and gooey now.

  68. I hope they become the official mascots of the Santa Barbara County Police Department and by effect become the newest sidekicks on Psych. We’ll name them LittleShawn and LittleGus. ;___;

  69. I love these interspecies snorgling posts. “Bonded and snuggled together.” Aww.

  70. puddlepeppers says:

    From the scorched earth
    two flowers reach for the distant sun,
    two hearts renewed in love.

  71. thicktortiethintabby says:

    I’m so there with you, @sevencatday. Pictures like this make me feel proud I’m a vegetarian.

    (Please, no backlash!)

    [ \ -Ed.]

  72. Miss Brea says:

    This photo is near and dear to my heart. We nearly lost our home during this last fire in Santa Barbara, with the fire trucks taking a stand on our block and the street above us. My family and our pets were re-evacuated from our location the second night of the Jesusita Fire, and I had the foresight to bring all our critters to the Humane Society (2 dogs, 2 cats, leopard gecko, frog and hamster). To know that all my animals were safe was the bright spot during a very hard week.

    The Humane Society was shortly at capacity after we arrived, and was referring other pet evacuees to another shelter down the street. Many kind-hearted people opening up their homes and pet-related businesses to countless displaced animals.

    As we got our animals settled for their stay, we saw just about all the dog size and smaller critters you could imagine; gerbils and chinchillas, a mama kitteh and her new babies, cockatoos and cockatiels, and my kids’ favorite – ‘Judy’ the tortoise.

    This story of a deer and bobcat escaped my radar – and it is one of the sweetest ones I’ve heard so far. Now I am determined to see if I can find the outcome of these two unlikely friends!

  73. “Human babies get adopted by Madonna…*I* get adopted by a bobcat? It’s not FAIR, I tell ya!”

  74. Subhangi says:

    Awww! Too cute!

  75. hon glad says:

    Aye, it fair makes your heart swell.

  76. Katrina says:

    Skippymom-Killer (given name, Abbey), is a five year old Cardigan Welsh Corgi (the one with the tail). She has a distinct personality, which is progressively getting cuter and cuter. She is a rescue from breeder-abuse. She now owns our home, and our Corgicentric household is a wonderful study in interspecies snorgling. Her antics have been chronicled in CO before and to all of her fans we say, “Woof”. One of these days I’ll figure out how to get a picture of her on some sort of platform for all to see. Maybe Anner can help. Thanks for asking! Have a great day!
    These two foundling bebehs almost make me cry, but I know they are in good hands, (Paws?)
    *snerk* Msanii

  77. When ever I see the young lives of any creature, separated from their mothers or parents completely, it just tears me to pieces. Sure I see the ususual bond, between the two but that doesn’t change the fact that they are now lost and separated from the ones that loved them forever! That’s sad…
    What concerns me even more, is the fact that I don’t see food or water in the picture, but I see the time taken to exploit them, before caring to their needs!
    Sad Anyway you look at it.
    I just hope there is a happier update that goes with it later on. Thats all.
    The sadness goes for the children of our society, who are in the same situation.

  78. That is so beautiful

  79. KittyMarthaPoo says:

    Awesomeness. God bless those 2 babies.

  80. brinnann–

    Trademark symbol: I had thought it was ™ but according to this site (, it’s ™

    Testing both (and wondering why there isn’t a preview option):

  81. brinnann–

    Well, it seems both work. The number version is “#8482” between & and ;

  82. Katrina says:

    Web cam Soooooooooo needed here! Listen to those donations pour in!

  83. karschier says:

    Very very cute… and to the person who voiced concern about there being no food or water in the photo – don’t worry, it’s not neglect. It’s just that those little critters are both too young for food or water dishes. They probably fed them each a bottle of milk formula. They look relatively comfortable, considering what they have been through.

  84. Someone needs to give those people a high quality camera! Please!!!!

  85. AceMcFace says:

    Wonder if that fawn’s Mom would approve of the company he is keeping!

  86. Wonderful cute pic but I can’t help but realize that it is shot in a human office building, which we humans routinely air-condition to food-safety standards. Even furry creatures have to snuggle to stay warm. Note to Building Management: If workers are using space heaters under their desks in July, the building is TOO COLD.

  87. How come nobody visit or comment on my site? My little blue duiker is a star!!!
    Bamboric at

  88. So Beautiful and sweet!!!

  89. This is like the lion and the lamb. Very symbolic and beautiful. If only life were to follow this example.

  90. I think I died of of cute, but that same cute brought me back.

  91. These two were rescue by Animal Rescue Team, they do great work.

    I just sent them a small donation, after seeing them on the Ellen Show.

    Animal Resuce Team Website

  92. Not cute. Okay. Cute.

  93. Shaylin Meadowbrook says:

    I have another pic of these cuties on my desktop. (The one where the baby bob is snorgling *on top* of bamblit and the bamblit looks very protective of her new sibling. As mentioned earlier.. any headache in the real world doesn’t even come close to their problems.. Could someone near/in the area please check up on these little bebes and give them a scritch under the chin (if they’ll let you) from me?

  94. cafegrrl says:


  95. i really dont know what it is but im preatty sure its both.:)hahahah sooo adorable

  96. Klappstuhl says:

    @ TW

    “What will become of us?”

    “We forge our own destiny. We are as Ronin, wandering Samurai without a Master.”

    -Number 23

  97. MAU! my desk just has a sewing machine pedal under it! i want them now or i’ll just go bite my brother again.

  98. kinchykins says:

    So cute, but so sad at the same time. I do not know if I should smile or cry. They are safe, but lost their homes and mommas. :\

  99. For those of you interested, here is a link to an article about the animal rescuers (including those of the fawn and baby bobcat) associated with the recent Jesusita Fire here in Santa Barbara, CA.

    As so many of the posts alluded to, this show of inter-species bonding (and all the others we’ve been seeing of late) is what should be the norm, and is indeed where this beleaguered planet of ours is heading. We’ve evolving (it can’t be stopped) and ascending to a “New Earth” a more utopian space…a place of love, harmony, gratitude, financial abundance and non-judgment of all her inhabitants: two legged, four legged, winged, water, flowers, trees etc. Fire purifies and creates new beginnings, as do the plethora of other natural disasters we’re experiencing around the world. The financial markets as we have known them are failing and crumbling down around us…all of this is leading us toward the “New Earth” and the love, beauty and abundance she will exude.

    Blessings to you all.

  100. that is well OMG

  101. a friend of mine raised a baby deer and now he is raising baby flying squirrels

  102. What ever our mothers say “We just DONT WANT TO HEAR IT”:)

  103. animal luvr says:


  104. animal luvr says:

    absolutely cute i just cant bleiv that

  105. dispatcher says:

    Our dispatch center wants some. All we have is a lousy Beta fish