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DIX, IL (KTVI) – Dude and Jude will get to stay with their adopted Illinois family.

The white-tailed deer had essentially become pets of the family after they were taken in as fawns.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has rules in place that prevent the adoption of wild deer. However, the DNR granted the family a one-time exemption on Friday.