Sometimes, it can feel like the entire world is crashing down around us. However, then an image emerges to remind us of how beautiful the world can be. Such a picture came to light recently: one of a fawn lying down on the grave of an unknown soldier…
Like A Painting
It all began on an ordinary morning in Andersonville, Georgia, at the Andersonville National Cemetery. The national park’s maintenance supervisor was out and about, completing his job as usual. Suddenly, he came across an incredible sight: a small white fawn resting on the grave of an unknown soldier. The supervisor snapped a picture of the fawn with its back against the headstone, before leaving it alone. Later, he posted it to the Andersonville National Historic Site’s Facebook page. “Today Park Maintenance Supervisor James Taylor spotted this young guest cozying up and giving special honor to an unknown soldier resting in Andersonville National Cemetery. Later in the day, several staff saw the doe come back for her young,” the post read.
Afterward, the image almost instantly went viral online, garnering thousands of shares and comments. “Unknown except to God. And God sent a little angel to show His love for our fallen soldier,” said one of the users. As you might imagine, plenty of others also saw the photos as a sign of respect for the unknown soldier. It seems as though this furry little friend wanted to keep their company while waiting for their mother!
A Long History
Unfortunately, there are quite a few unknown soldier graves at Andersonville National Historic Site, as its history extends to the Civil War. At the time, it started as Camp Sumter, a substantial military prison, where over 10,000 Union soldiers lost their lives. Not long after, officials established the Andersonville National Cemetery in 1865. Today, it still operates in much the same way it always has. Over the years, the commentary has also installed a memorial to the American prisoners of war and the National Prisoner of War Museum.
For any of those wondering, the cemetery supervisor did the right thing. Experts state that it’s normal for animal parents to leave the fawns alone while they look for food. “In most cases, the best thing to do if you find a young wild animal is to leave alone. Finding a young animal alone does not mean it’s been abandoned or needs to be rescued,” the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife said earlier. “Adults are often nearby and visit their young only occasionally to avoid detection from predators.” Believe it or not, experts say it can take the mother several days to come back! Coming too close or interacting with it can scare the parent away and leave the fawn starving longer.
It’s not just deer, either. Do not come in contact with any other small mammals or birds if they are alone. Yet, in case they are injured or have a dead parent around, call wildlife experts as soon as possible and ask them how to proceed.