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"Lilly is just like any other house pet. She hangs out in the living room and plays outside with the family dog.

But Lilly is a deer. Her owners, who asked not to be named, say they are in a legal battle to keep their pet at home.

Five years ago, Lilly's pregnant mother was hit by a car in Genesee County, Mich. Police were called, and the pregnant deer gave birth to Lilly as she lay dying.

Lilly was in "rough shape, but she was alive," her owner said. "I asked the officer if he had any problem if we could try to save her and he said, 'Go ahead, she won't last fifteen minutes, but give it a try.' Five years later, she's a member of our family and we love her to pieces."

But the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the law prohibits the possession of a live wild animal, including deer. The agency got involved after a neighbor's friend complained about Lilly.

The prospect of losing Lilly is painful for the family.

"It would be like taking a child away. … She sleeps on a futon, she watches TV," the deer's owner said, adding that she "plays Frisbee with the boys."

The Department of Natural Resources has given Lilly's family an ultimatum; release Lilly, a domesticated animal from birth, into the wild, or have her killed.

Please take a stand for Lilly and her family.

Letter to
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
This is a "special circumstances" case. This deer was born prematurely because her mother was killed, stolen from her when she was born. This situation was caused by a human and, subsequently, human beings took care of her, nursed her back to health and became her family. Lilly is not a wild animal. She is domesticated since birth. Releasing her into the wild will be an immediate death sentence. Her family loves her as one of their own. Please do not take Lilly from the one and only family she has ever known.