Fawn and Bunny Playtime

We guarantee this video will brighten your day! Taken at the Lula W. Dorsey Museum at Estes Park Center.

Posted by YMCA of the Rockies on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Step aside, Disney—Mother Nature's got this animal cuteness covered!

A real baby deer and bunny in Colorado seem to have tapped into their inner-Bambi and Thumper, and fortunately for all of us, their playful fun has all been caught on camera!

YMCA of the Rockies posted a video of the fawn (whom they've nicknamed Bambi) and rabbit (nicknamed Thumper) to its Facebook page Tuesday. According to local NBC affiliate 9NEWS, the unlikely pals played for 30 to 40 minutes together outside the Lula W. Dorsey Museum, which is part of the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park.



This wasn't a one-time get-together for Bambi and Thumper either! Various staffers tell 9News they've seen the animals hanging out together every day...Is it too much to hope these two stay friends forever and don't have a sad ending like their cartoon counterparts?!

Spoiler alert (?): Tragedy befalls someone close to animated Bambi and Thumper in the 1942 movie, but in real life, the voice behind that original young buck has a pretty cool story. Donnie Dunagan, who played Disney's beloved deer many years ago, went on to become a highly decorated U.S. Marine! Funnily enough, though, the now 80-year-old veteran didn't tell a soul about his movie past for many years.

"Most of the image in people's minds of Bambi was a little frail deer, not doing very well, sliding around on the ice on his belly," he said in a recent sit-down with NPR's StoryCorps.

But because he didn't want any of his fellow Marines calling him "Maj. Bambi," he kept this little secret to himself. Not anymore, though! "...I love it now—when people realize, 'This old jerk, he's still alive and was Bambi,'" he said. "And I wouldn't take anything for it, not a darn thing for it."

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