Truth: We’ve never met a pair of animal twins we didn’t like.
So when we spied deer siblings Prince and Pauper sharing a baby bottle on Instagram one lazy afternoon on our couch, we knew their story needed to be shared with the masses (you’re welcome, in advance, for all the cuteness that’s about to come).
According to the Katie Buck of the Buck Wild Animal Rescue & Wildlife Rehab in Ingram, Texas, a homeowner in Fredricksburg first spotted newborn Prince being held by the nape of the neck by their donkey. They called the rescue for advice on what to do with the orphan, but sadly, the animal’s mother never returned for him — and later they found that Prince had a twin, who had an unfortunate run in with a cactus.
“[Pauper] was completely covered in cactus needles and there was no mom in site,” Buck tells PEOPLE. “We know the babies were freshly born, still wet [and] carrying an umbilical cord.”
The homeowner wrapped up the babies and drove 45 minutes to the wildlife rehab, where the team there would go into what we’ll call: deer baby beast mode.
“The first four days we were pulling cactus needles, making bottles, giving IV fluids, keeping the babies warm with heating blankets, and we also give them a life-saving claustrum which is $90 an ounce along with one tube of deer paste that we give daily for seven days to each deer at $10 a tube,” Buck tells PEOPLE. “One deer fawn costs us $140 a day for the first three days and $60 a day for for the next two weeks after that it cost us $40 a week until their weaned.”
Baby deer, as it turns out, is Buck Wild’s bag (a very expensive Louis Vuitton bag).
“Normally in Whitetail deer season we will see 30 to 40 if not more fawns here at Buck Wild,” she adds, “on top of the fawns we also care for opossums, skunks, porcupines, raccoons, birds, snakes, reptiles, pretty much anything wildlife — we also take in surrendered pets.”
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A hawk with a sling, a baby skunk chugging a bottle, seven baby birds who rode 300 miles in their nest built in the engine of a car — they’re all among the 600 or so animals in the care of the Buck Wild Animal Rescue & Wildlife Rehab. To keep up with them all on Instagram, click here.
To help Prince and Pauper and others like them, visit the rescue’s Amazon wish list.