The Boy Who Ran Like a Deer

Kevin Cox and his four-legged competition, a deer, run in an Oregon field.

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Before a recent middle school cross-country race in Oregon, runner Kevin Cox found himself facing unexpected competition: a deer.

In a series of photos, Cox is shown running with the overly friendly animal, which at one point caught him and began treating him as a human salt lick.

Music fans who view photos of the scene can be forgiven if the tableau recalls the San Francisco band Deerhoof's Holdy Paws album — not to mention their The Runners Four.

Cox, a seventh-grader at Cascade Middle School in Bend, Ore., and a good sport, tells Robert Siegel that the experience was funny... but "a little scary," too.

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