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KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. –¬†An affectionate orphaned elk expressed some gratitude to first responders as the battled a hillside fire in Washington.

“She isn’t your typical while elk,” Kittitas County Fire District spokeswoman told ABC News. “The consensus seems to be she’s an orphan. She adopted the cows, horses and goats from a neighboring ranch as her family. She wants nothing to do with elk moving through the area, like she doesn’t see herself as an elk.”

According to the Kittitas County Fire Department, the firemen and women were responding to a fire and managed to save three homes that day. The elk just happened to wander by and greet the firefighters, getting very close to them.