The image of a fawn sleeping next to a tombstone became a reminder of the quiet times that life so often forgets.
It was just a regular day for a maintenance supervisor at a national park in Georgia when he noticed a young deer curled up against a headstone.
The scene in the cemetery is ordinarily gloomy, but the presence of wild animals could adorn some more color to an otherwise frigid environment. And what was carved in the headstone gave the setting a solemn and dignified air of patriotism: Unknown U.S. Soldier.
“Park Maintenance Supervisor James Taylor spotted this young guest cozying up and giving special honor to an unknown soldier resting in Andersonville National Cemetery,” Andersonville National Historic Site shared in a Facebook post.
The way the young deer lay down made it appear as if it knew this person, and it was honoring a soldier who fought valiantly for his nation and gave his life in the process.
Was there any connection between the deer and the soldier? No one can be certain. But animals always have things that humans cannot explain.
According to the Site, its mother later returned, and the pair left.
One thing is clear though, the cemetery where the incident occurred is not any typical historical site.
The Andersonville National Historic Site dates back to the Civil War, according to Fox13 News. Materialized in July 1865 and is still operating today, the site takes more than 150 burials annually.
Camp Sumter, one of the Confederacy’s major military prisons, was located there at one time. Over 45,000 captured Union soldiers were imprisoned in that facility for about 14 months. Approximately 13,000 people died during that time.
Wildlife specialists suggest that when deer are still young, their parents can allow them to walk off a bit to learn to scavenge for food. They noticed it was ubiquitous during the time of year when the shot was taken.
But it is not every year that a fawn can be spotted resting quietly next to a headstone with an American flag nearby. And to some people, these coincidences are sometimes how nature communicates with us.