Cop snuggles up with fawn rescued from wildfire raging in California
This is the moment a fawn is held tight by a cop after being found near a wildfire raging in California.
The uninjured young deer was on her own and police officers could not leave her waiting for her mother to return because she was so close to the fire.
The pictures show Sergeant David Fawson of California Highway Patrol (CHP) snuggling the animal as she sits on his lap in a patrol car and licks his neck after the rescue.
The officers, self-declared “city cops”, handed the fawn over to a rescue organisation.
There, after being checked over and named Carra by helpers, she drank a lot of water.
The Carr Fire has destroyed some 700 homes in Redding, which is about 230 miles north of San Francisco where the officers usually work.
More than 50 officers from the CHP Golden Gate Division are helping Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) during the wildfire.
A photographer spotted deer grazing along a road covered in fire retardant as the Carr Fire burned near Redding on July 28.