Any current or former suburbs-dweller has encountered wildlife before. But few make friends with them. 17-year-old Kelvin Peña of Pennsylvania did, befriending a deer he named Money, Teen Vogue reported Wednesday.
“I saw Money in my backyard, walked up to him and noticed he didn’t run away, so I felt we had a connection,” he told Buzzfeed.
Money began bringing his family to Kelvin’s backyard. He soon befriended them as well. “It means a lot that he feels he and his fam can come through,” he said. Kelvin fed the deer crackers and donuts. His videos posted to Twitter and Instagram went viral. After facing criticism for feeding the deer processed food, he began giving them fruit. In fact, Kelvin has launched an online store selling t-shirts to raise money for the deer.
Kelvin has also faced criticism for feeding the deer at all. Wild animals fed too often can become dependent on people, the Humane Society warns.
But Kelvin said he doesn’t think his neighbors see friendly deer as a nuisance. “Maybe I can do something positive, like start a foundation, and get people to raise money for deer,” he told Motherboard.
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