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treated them like her own chil­dren. She fed them yak milk and al­lowed them to sleep on her bed.

The deer grew up healthy, thanks to her care, and an­other 10 deer even­tu­ally join the herd. Lhamo’s wildlife fam­ily be­came a “deer club”.

The red deer habi­tat es­tab­lished by the gov­ern­ment 40 years ago, the Ri­woche Tramol­ing Ti­betan Red Deer Re­serve, has been ex­panded over the years to its cur­rent size of 64,000 hectares. There are more than 1,000 Ti­betan red deer in the re­serve.

When­ever the deer go down­hill for food, Changchub Lhamo jumps into ac­tion. Her son also has joined the ef­fort. Her com­pas­sion to­ward the pro­tected wildlife has in­spired many peo­ple on the grass­land.

She said she in­tends to con­tinue to feed the deer as she grows old, even though the sub­si­dies she re­ceives from the lo­cal ranger sta­tion are not nearly enough to pay for the food the deer herd con­sumes.

“If some­one asks me what I have gained af­ter help­ing for 40 years, I think the an­swer is a crowd of red deer,” she said with a big smile.

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PHURBU TASHI / XINHUA

A Ti­betan red deer found at a na­ture re­serve in Shan­nan pre­fec­ture, Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

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