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Fawn Spotted Curled Up Next To Headstone Of Unknown U.S. Soldier

A fawn was recently spotted curled up next to a headstone marked "Unknown U.S. Soldier" in Georgia's Andersonville National Cemetery, and the resulting photo has quickly gone viral, warming the hearts of people all over the country.

The Cemetery first shared the photo of the sweet fawn to its official Facebook page on Wednesday night.

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In the picture, the small woodland creature can be seen curled up against itself in an almost sleepy position, with the aged headstone and an American flag visible right beside it.

"Today one of our maintenance staff spotted this young guest cozying up and giving special honor to an unknown soldier resting in Andersonville National Cemetery," the post reads.

In less than a day the photo has racked up thousands of reactions from users who were understandably touched by its imagery.

Many users branded it a powerful picture, with one person writing, "It's sweet and sad at the same time," while another added, "That picture is worth framing."

"So peaceful," one user commented before going on to address the unidentified soldier whose burial site features in the photo. "Thanks for your sacrifice, God knows who you are."

Other people in the comments shared stories of similar experiences in other military cemeteries.

"We saw a fawn doing this at the Ft Donelson Military Cemetery last year," one person recalled. "So very precious."

Another added that they had actually just visited this very same cemetery earlier this week and shared that they'd noticed deer tracks during their visit. So perhaps this little fawn has some family nearby who also like to visit the site every so often.

A similar photo went viral a few years ago and also featured a beautiful fawn resting against a headstone in a military cemetery.

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Posted to Reddit in 2013, the touching picture shows the baby deer napping on a grave site at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Missouri.

In this instance, the fawn had found its way to a headstone marking the final resting place of a soldier who died fighting in the Korean War.

h/t: Facebook | Andersonville National Historic Site

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