Wow! Not one albino deer, but two.
Walking my dogs along the edge of a long wooded slope, just near the cottage the other day, I saw a small herd of 10-12 roe deer, resting not all far from me in amongst the trees, and remarkably, they hadn't spotted either myself or the dogs (who amazingly behaved themselves).
There were 6 stags and several does - one of which was completely white, even the the usual stripey rump was all white. And a 2nd doe, not white like the first, but a very pale version of the normal roe deer colouring.
Now standing quite still, I was able to watch them for several minutes before I tried to move in a bit closer - not a good decision, as they then immediately saw me and quickly moved off further into the trees.
Why is it you never have a camera available, just when you most need it?
Unlike humans, deer have multiple pigments and albinism in animals is considered to be a hereditary condition characterised by the absence of melanin in particular, in the eyes, skin and hair. Whilst a deer with complete absence of melanin is called an albino, a deer with only a diminished amount is described as leucistic or albinoid, so I guess this herd has one of each.
I have since seen them another 3 times, but not as close up, and got this more distant photo (above). So the quest is on to get some really clear, close up pics - I shall post an update if I'm successful.
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