Dec. 8, 2011 at 7:15 AM ET
A ram named Changmao has formed an inseparable bond with a female deer named Chunzi at an animal park in China.
Their romance made headlines after the zoo asked its followers online, "What does one do when a ram falls in love with a deer?"
After reports surfaced that attempts to separate the pair had been unsuccessful, animal lovers took to the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, posting almost two thousand messages in support of the duo.
The handlers say that Changmao has integrated into the deer herd and is now the dominant male. He mates with the herd's six deer, but Chunzi is his favorite, according to news agency AFP.
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