Baby Deer Freaks Out When Belly Rub Stops

08/01/2014 01:15 pm ET | Updated Aug 01, 2014

Oh, deer! It looks like this fawn can't get enough cuddling.

Kentucky powerline worker Justin Lewis says he and a colleague had been felling trees at a job site earlier this month when they spotted a baby deer.

"The little guy was trapped in the fall path," Lewis wrote in a Facebook post. So he and his friend picked up the deer to move it out of the way, and they started rubbing its belly to comfort it.

But it seems the fawn may have enjoyed the cuddle session a little bit too much.

"Now when we go put it down, it freaks out until we start rubbing its belly again," a voice explains in the video, which has been seen more than 380,000 times since being uploaded last week.

"I seriously loved this video," gushed one Facebook user after watching the clip.

"Deer whisperers!" wrote another.

Still, though the response to the video has been overwhelmingly positive, some netizens have chastised the men for handling the fawn at all, as mother deer can be suspicious of human scent. Others have defended the mens' actions, however, pointing out that the animal would've died unless it was moved out of harm's way.

The Humane Society advises staying away from baby wild animals unless it's absolutely necessary.

"If you have already handled a fawn," the organization writes, "take a towel, rub it in the grass, and then wipe down the fawn to remove all human scent. Then return the fawn to the place where you found him."

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