Written By: Eliza Berman

If there were a competition for saddest Disney movie, Bambi would be tough to beat. The 1942 animated film about a fawn whose mother is shot down by a deer hunter is, for unassuming tots, a brutal introduction to the hard knocks of life, its edges softened only by the cuteness of its woodland creatures and plucky orchestral soundtrack.

Bambi, like many of Disney’s disadvantaged heroes and heroines, ultimately perseveres to make a family of his own. In the spirit of persevering deer everywhere, here is a collection of LIFE Magazine’s most peaceful fawns, does, stags and bucks.

Liz Ronk edited this gallery for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

November 8, 1954 cover of LIFE magazine

November 8, 1954 cover of LIFE magazine

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Tourists feeding deer in redwood forest, 1945.

Tourists fed deer in the Redwood Forest, 1945.

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Mother and baby deer standing beside tree, 1946.

Mother and baby deer, 1946.

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Actor Claude Jarman Jr. holding a baby deer for a scene in the movie "The Yearling," 1947.

Actor Claude Jarman Jr. held a baby deer for a scene in the movie “The Yearling,” 1947.

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Tuleelk, Key Deer, circa 1940's.

A tule elk and key deer photographed circa 1940s.

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Jone Pedersen

Bucky the deer enjoyed life as a house pet, 1948.

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The 15-month old pet deer laying down wi

A 15-month-old pet deer named Bucky lies next to a small kitten, 1948.

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Two men feeding deer on the 1000 acre park at Knole, the ancestral estate of Lord & Lady Sackville, 1949.

Two men fed deer on the 1,000 acre park at Knole, the ancestral estate of Lord & Lady Sackville in England, 1949.

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A deer standing in a wooded stream, with its reflection in the water, 1952.

A deer stood in a wooded stream, with its reflection in the water, 1952.

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Pier Angeli with a deer, 1954.

Italian actress Pier Angeli posed with a deer, 1954.

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Pier Angeli with a deer, 1954.

Italian actress Pier Angeli with a deer, 1954.

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A deer cooling his heels along the Oregon seashore, 1960.

A deer cooled his heels along the Oregon seashore, 1960.

Dmitri Kessel The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Rainbow trout resting in tributary of Madison River with a fawn drinking at water's edge taken by camera placed inside partially submerged glass enclosure, 1961.

Rainbow trout rested in tributary of the Madison River while a fawn drank at water’s edge; the photo was taken by camera placed inside partially submerged glass enclosure, 1961.

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Father and son feeding a wild deer in Yosemite National Park, 1962.

Father and son fed a wild deer in Yosemite National Park, 1962.

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A young boy plays with a fawn and deer at a petting zoo, 1962.

A young boy played with a fawn and deer at a petting zoo, 1962.

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John Walsh holds onto a deer which he rescued out of the flood waters in Surinam, 1964.

Animal rescuer John Walsh held onto a deer which he rescued out of the flood waters in Suriname, 1964.

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Deer with large antlers, 1966.

A deer with large antlers stood silhouetted against the sky, 1966.

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Park ranger holding deer rescued from flooded section of the Everglades, 1966.

A park ranger held a deer rescued from flooded section of the Everglades, 1966.

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Deer on Gardiners Island, 1966.

Deer on Gardiners Island, 1966.

Alfred Eisenstaedt The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Lone white-tailed deer drinking water from the banks of Cheat River, 1967.

A white-tailed deer drank from the banks of Cheat River, 1967.

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