An albino fawn was spotted by a keen-eyed hunter who took some heart warming video.
Yes, we've seen albino deer before, along with piebald deer and other forms of wildlife inflicted with some form of leucism. But finding a baby albino fawn is as heart warming as it gets and it may be a first for many.
Even as hardened hunters, we still get a lump in our throats upon seeing the first fawns of the year around late May and into June. To have a pure white baby show up like this is, well, almost beyond words.
But we won't let that stop us from saying a few.
Stop for a few moments to take in the joy of this newborn deer that will likely have a tougher life than that of its normally-colored kin, if for no other reason than the fact that it will stick out in the woods like a sore thumb.
Just remember, not all hunters will take a white deer. In fact it is illegal in Wisconsin. Still, others would be happy to harvest an albino deer. The venison looks and tastes the same on the inside, even if the animal's coat was white on the outside.
ALBINO FAWN! This might be a once in a million lifetimes chance that Jacob has to see this! This little guy has the odds stacked against him but it would be cool to see it make it!
Posted by The Huntin Grounds on Tuesday, June 2, 2020
To find a nice, clean definition, we sought out some exprets. Science Made Fun says that, "Albinism is a condition in which there is an absence of melanin. Melanin is what is present in the skin and is what gives skin, feathers, hair and eyes their color... Leucism is only a partial loss of pigmentation, which can make the animal have white or patchily colored skin, hair, or feathers."
Basically speaking, an albino deer has no melanin in its skin, and a piebald deer has leucism, which is only a partial loss of it.
Another good thing to remember, thanks to this video, is the fact that fawns are almost never lost. As the man taking the video was saying, although it was hard to see in the footage, the mama doe was right there under cover in the trees waiting for her baby.
Leave a "lost" fawn alone because almost certainly its mother is close by.