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Kevin Cox is a middle-school cross country runner in Oregon, which makes sense; they all run in Oregon.

During a practice session for his race, Cox found a cute deer nearby. He pet it a bit, and it was strangely friendly. And then Cox went off on his practice run. And then things got hairy.

In a series of photos, Cox is shown running with the overly friendly animal, which at one point caught him and began treating him as a human salt lick.

You can see the photo gallery on the NPR site. We would give good money for a video of this; the deer's seduction ritual takes seven minutes of running, licking and, yes, mounting. The good news? Anna Benson showed up and shot the deer dead: COLD.

The Boy Who Ran Like A Deer [NPR]