Midwest Driver Shares Video of Albino Deer with Fawns in a Yard
It's not a rare thing to see deer when you're driving in our part of America. Not at all. However, it is quite unusual to come across an albino deer especially one with fawns as one Midwest driver just did.
Based on the video description, this happened near a home in Marquette, Michigan.
This inspired me to look up how rare it is for a deer to be an albino. According to Protect the White Deer, it's very rare. Here's what they had to say about what this driver saw:
Exceedingly rare! In fact, the chances of an albino deer being born are about 1 in 20,000, according to John Bates, Wisconsin Northwoods naturalist and co-author of White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest. Other sources say the odds are closer to 1 in 30,000.
How awesome that this driver was able to capture some video of what he/she witnessed. Let's hope they weren't also the one driving although that's likely the case.
It's easy to mistake a piebald deer with white color with an actual albino. By the definition on Deer and Deer Hunting, the deer in this video really is an albino:
Albinos have a characteristic pink skins and pure white coat. Their irisies of their eyes are usually pink, but are sometimes a pale blue. Although rare, albinos occur more frequently than melanistic deer.
Quite a catch by someone just wandering down a midwestern road. Never know what kind of deer might be waiting around the next corner.