ABC News reports that a family is now allowed to keep their rather unconventional pet — the family deer named Lilly.
The family has battled for months with Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources over their right to keep the adorable animal domestically. The family rescued and eventually adopted Lilly five years ago after her mother was hit by a car near their home.
The mother deer was pregnant when she was hit by the vehicle, and immediately went into labor, delivering twin fawns. Sadly, only one of the babies survived. When the family asked the authorities responding to the scene if they could keep the remaining fawn, they were told that they could “give it a try” because they doubted that she would live.
Try they did, and now Lilly has become a delightful and cherished family pet. Completely rehabilitated, the family reports that she loves to do things like watch Animal Planet and play frisbee. She even sleeps on a futon in the family room. And yes, on her birthday she’s known to don a party hat!
The DNR’s attempt to separate Lilly from her owners sparked a wave of outrage on the internet. A petition on Change.org recieved 16,004 signatures, and an Indiegogo petition to help the family pay their legal funds collected almost $2,500.
Val Washington, the family’s attorney, released a statement on behalf of the family on Monday. “As you can imagine the last several weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for us and now that the agreement has been signed we would like to recapture the regular routine of our lives.”
Watching TV and playing Frisbee with a deer... Yep, just normal stuff!