Firefighters with Kittitas County Fire District #7 in Washington state, were battling a wildfire in the woods when they received a friendly visitor they weren’t expecting. An elk wandered into their compound. But she didn’t behave aggressively. Instead, she began asking people for attention.
“She walked into the command post area and began nudging everyone,” the Kittitas County Fire District wrote on Facebook. It turns out the elk, named Buttons, is well known in the town for her friendly nature towards people.
As to why an elk would be so friendly, the Daily Record News reported back in 2015 that Buttons was orphaned from her family when she was little and soon took up residence on a hillside along with the local cows, horses and goats in Cle Elum.
Since then, locals said the friendly elk has become a fixture in the community and she’s fed hay in the winter by one of the farmers. She apparently also makes frequent visits to the nearby chimpanzee sanctuary to pay the rescued animals a visit.