CACHE, OK (KSWO) - A family who lives outside of Cache said their pet deer is missing. We introduced you to Ben earlier this year after she became popular with locals by walking right up to them and letting them pet her.
Melanie Rivera said she hasn't seen her since the end of May or early June. Ben normally roams the area, visits Cache residents, before coming home around dinner time.
"I don't know where she could be, where she could be staying," Rivera said.
Rivera said she posted on Facebook that Ben hasn't been home and got a couple leads to where she might be, but when they arrive she's never there.
Rivera's husband found Ben, in bad shape, while hunting, and nursed her back to health two and a half years ago. The family said they thought Ben was a boy when they rescued it but realized it's a doe since she was already named they decided to just go with it.
Taking care of Ben had turned into a way of life, and Ben became a part of their family, which is why they're desperate to find her.
"I take my girls to daycare, and when I pick them up, we come home, they're asking me 'has Ben been home yet'? 'Have you seen Ben yet' and I tell them 'no,'" Rivera said.
She said there have been some theories on why Ben hasn't been home in nearly a month. People think that she left because she's pregnant or looking for a mate. Rivera doesn't know if any of that is true, but she does know that she and her family want to see the deer again.
"It's sad," she said. "You raise an animal for that long, and then they go missing. They become a part of your family."
If you see Ben roaming around the Cache area, contact Rivera on Facebook and let her know where you saw Ben.