One mom was recently left shocked after she found a stray deer and her 4-year-old son on the doorstep. Keep scrolling to find out more about this peculiar situation...

Now, being a parent is a blessing.

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Watching your children develop and grow into well-rounded people is a gift.

But it can be hard.

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Because nothing comes without challenges, does it?

Parenting can throw many unexpected things at you.

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In fact, when you're a parent, most things are unexpected.

So the rule tends to be: prepare for the unexpected.

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Even your son bringing home a deer...

Yes, really.

When one shocked mom found her 4-year-old and a stray deer on her doorstep, she had to snap a picture of it.

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And after posting it on Facebook, social media users have loved it sharing it more than 18,000 times.

Here's what they said about it:

Stephanie Brown, had been on a 4-day vacation at Virginia's Massanutten Resort when the incident happened.

Nearing the end of their vacation, the family had been preparing to leave by packing up their belongings when Stephanie heard 4-year-old Dominic outside.

As per The Sacramento Bee, she first heard him wiping his feet on the doormat.

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But when she went to greet him, Stephanie found a lot more than just her son.

She found her son and...

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A deer.

"So I turn my head and there it is," TSB reports she said.

"It's like a little baby deer, and him. Like, it wasn't anything strange for him. It was really weird."

"I couldn't even tell you, I was in shock. I was like, 'No way. My mind is playing games with me'."

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As you would expect, Stephanie froze trying to think of her next move.

And that's when she had the idea to grab her phone and take a snap.

After all, when will she ever get the opportunity to take a picture like that again.

Stephanie took a photo of her son and the deer together.

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As per TSB, she reportedly told WWBT, "After I got the picture I asked Dominic to walk his new friend back to the woods so his mommy could find him."

You can see the picture here:

How adorable!

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