A Beautiful Albino Deer Spotted in Southern Indiana [PHOTO]

It’s not uncommon to see deer this time of year in Indiana. As autumn quickly ends and the cold winter months approach, they begin to search for food, a mate, and most importantly, try to avoid being shot by hunters. What is rare is the sight of an albino deer, not because they are less active at this time of year, but because they are genetically rare, which is why when one sees one, we quickly grab our phones and snap a photo like Spencer County resident John Howell did recently.

Rare Albino Deer Spotted in Spencer County, Indiana

John, a truck driver who starts his work day before sunrise, posted the photo below to his Facebook page on Thursday morning saying he had seen the rare creature a few times over the past two years , but it was the first time he spotted it after sunrise. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like it’s at least four points.

📸: John Howel

📸: John Howel

Zooming in on the photo made it a little blurry, but it gives a better view of the animal. Although it does look a bit like one of those reindeer decorations that people bring out for Christmas.

How rare are albino deer?

Before delving into the rarity of these fascinating animals, it’s important to note that just because a deer has a white coat doesn’t mean it’s albino. According to Protect the White Deer, it’s more than just white fur.

These animals are usually identified by their noses and pink eyes – the result of blood vessels visible through the skin and the clear lens of the eyes. Light blue eyes can also indicate albinism.

Protect the White Deer goes on to say that white deer and true albinos derive their unique fur color from “different genes that affect different bodily processes.”

Now back to the question of their rarity. Protect the white deer, quoting from the book, White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest by Wisconsin Northwoods naturalist John Bates, says they are very rare, Bates noting that about one in 20,000 deer are born albino. Protect the White Deer also states that some sources estimate the number to be closer to one in 30,000.

It’s hard to tell from John’s photo whether he’s a real albino or just a white-furred deer. Either way, it’s a beautiful creature not seen often in our area, or any area for that matter.

Many thanks to John for allowing me to share the photo.

[Source: Protect the White Deer]

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