Heart-warming images of unlikely friendship between puppy and orphaned baby deer

These are the heart-warming images which show an unlikely friendship between a dog and an orphaned baby deer.

The fawn was rescued after being found abandoned close to a Hop field by some farmers in Regensburg, Germany when it was just one-week-old.

Hansi the fawn being loved affectionately by Lia the Australian Shepherd Puppy

Hansi the fawn being loved affectionately by Lia the Australian Shepherd Puppy

Unable to fend for himself the baby deer would likely have died had he not been found. But luckily the farmer took him to a family he knew had raised deer before.

The family took the baby deer into their home, where they bottle-fed him, nursed him to full health and named him Hansi.

These are the heart-warming images which show an unlikely friendship between a dog and an orphaned baby deer

These are the heart-warming images which show an unlikely friendship between a dog and an orphaned baby deer

But it was the family’s 12-week-old Australian Shepherd puppy Lia, who really took the fawn under her wing.

Lia immediately cared for Hansi and treated him as one of her own. Now just three-weeks later, the pair are inseparable and spend their days playing and cuddling up to one another.

Pet photographer and microbiologist Anna Auerbach, 28, was lucky enough to capture the pair’s special bond on camera, in this series of cute snaps.

Lia playfully nibbles Hansi's face

Lia playfully nibbles Hansi’s face

In some shots, Lia can be seen trying to take a slurp from Hansi’s milk bottle and playfully nibbling his face.

Anna, from Regensburg, said: “The two of them get along really well.

“Hansi sees Lia and the other dogs she is being brought up with as family.

Hansi was rescued after being found abandoned close to a Hop field by some farmers in Regensburg, Germany

Hansi was rescued after being found abandoned close to a Hop field by some farmers in Regensburg, Germany

“The shoot only took about thirty minutes.

“All I had to do was lie on the grass and wait for the right moments – there were so many.”