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Nine-year-old Zach Severtson pets Panther, his new pet deer. The yearling continues to return to the yard, searching for a handout. (Photos by Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Park Rapids boy befriends stray deer; 'Panther' is learning to chase a ball

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In the annals of boys and their pets, a bond usually forms and the pair spend memorable moments together.

Timmy and Lassie. Clifford and - well, never mind. Emily Elizabeth wasn't a boy. Toto and... check that. Neither was she. We'll forge on.


Nine-year-old Zach Severtson of Park Rapids has forged a bond with his new pet. Zach is trying to teach Panther how to play ball.

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