'Dillie the Deer' lives in Ohio home, seen more than 1 million times on web cam

Vet rescued, took in deer 9 years ago

CANAL FULTON, Ohio - Dillie was near death when Canal Fulton veterinarian Melanie Butera and her husband found her.

Instead of letting her go, they nursed her back to health and have made her part of their family for the past nine years.

The doe doesn't see well, but has her very own bedroom, and you can watch her 24 hours a day online in her natural indoor habitat.

A message board in DIllie's room changes daily. Monday's note read, "5" of snow. I'm eating bananas in bed." Below that is an 8x10 photo of a lamb on Dillie's nightstand.

Dillie is a pretty active deer. The Newsnet5.com staff watched her for quite some time Monday morning.

During that time, her bed sheets were changed. She took off her owner's hat, watched wildlife out the window and just lay around in bed on a blustery spring day.

Dillie even had some company: Lady, a poodle, and Spaz and Neffie, her cat friends.

The family said Dillie plays on five acres of yard and woods, but when in the house, she prefers to lounge on her bed.

She's free to come and go inside and outside as she pleases and is never confined.

"She is housebroken and very gentle. She is never allowed to mix with wild deer, and it would be illegal for her ever to go out in the wild," said Melanie Butera, Dillie's owner.

While Dillie loves to play out in the yard in the mornings and late afternoons, she never rests outside. Her adopted family has completely tamed her, and the love they feel for each other is one-of-a-kind.

The family recognizes this is a rarity, noting, "There is no other deer that we would ever recommend be kept as a pet like this. In other words, don't try this at home."

Butera self-published a book about her adventures of and love for the doe titled "Dillie the Deer: Love on Hooves."

The "Dillie the Deer" cam has more than 1.1 million views. 

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