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Buttons The Orphaned Elk Hung Out With And Nuzzled Firefighters Because The World Needed It

The elk in Washington state has become a local fixture after making friends with cows and goats on a hillside.

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The elk has become a fixture in Kittitas County after taking up residence with some cows and goats on a hillside.

In a post on Facebook, Kittitas County Fire District spokeswoman Richelle Risdon said she arrived on the scene to find Buttons "making her rounds giving kisses to each firefighter and officer here."

Risdon clarified in her post that firefighters did not seek Buttons out. Instead, she "walked into the command post area and began nudging everyone."

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