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A man and his pet deer trump world events

During a week when high government officials seemed about to be indicted, the war in Iraq claimed its 2,000th American soldier, and Florida picked up after yet another hurricane, a Priceville man was worried greatly about a pet deer.

Bambi, a year-old buck, was missing, leaving Robert Haynes concerned that some shoot-happy hunter would kill the deer, or that it died in a collision with a vehicle.

Never mind that deer overrun the country; this one was special and Mr. Haynes went public with an appeal for leniency because Bambi was a pet.

The late Tommy Brenner found the young, injured deer some months ago and nursed him back to health. In return, Bambi stayed around, eventually roaming the neighborhoods.

Then he disappeared and the neighbors, especially Mr. Haynes, missed him.

"I'll be sitting in the back yard, and he'll sneak up and lick my neck," he said last week.

The story ended sadly. Mr. Haynes said Saturday that he had been told Bambi was dead.

But Bambi reminded us that it's good to step back from the harshness of modern life and experience one of mankind's most satisfying relationships, the bond between human and pet that expresses itself in love and concern.

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