Fact Check

Albino Deer

Do photographs show an albino whitetail deer fawn?

Published Jul 13, 2005

Claim:   Photographs show an albino whitetail deer fawn.

Status:   Undetermined.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2005]

A very eventful day around here... A once in many lifetime experience!
Mark saw this lil' feller run out in front of a car, thought it was a
lost baby goat. Stopped to get it, and WOW. A real Albino Whitetail
Deer. Just hours old, but doing fine. No Momma deer around. Another car
nearly hit it in front of Mark... Well,, he is THE neatest thing any of
us ever seen. And such a 'freak of nature', that only 1 in more than a
penniemillion are even born.

He took his bottle of food, followed us around the house, doing great.
So, we called the Zoo & Fossil Rim, who were both interested, but were
going to send him to a Rehab farm, at a vet that we have never gotten
along with... So, one of Dad's best friends is our Game Warden. Kind of
reluctantly, but, I called him and told him the deal. He came right
over, of course... and assured me that he wouldn't take it to that vet,
that he was going to 'go to higher levels' than that with him.. So, he
is gone now.

We got a lot of pix, and something we will never see again probably, so
it was very cool. Maybe he will make it in captivity somewhere and be
appreciated. So rare...

Sure wanted to keep him though. But, not the thing to do. And not LEGAL
either ; But, here are a couple of pix to show ya. He was snow white,
pink eyes, ears, nose and hooves. Kids called him POWDER. He was SO
small. That is my shoe lying beside him... WOW! ...how cool is that

Click to enlarge

Click to enlarge

Origins:   Although white deer are not uncommon, true albino deer (distinguishable from white deer by their pink eyes) are less common.

These photographs have been attributed as follows:

This little Albino Whitetail Deer fawn was found in Conroe, Texas by Johnny and Kathy Maddox, they in turn called the
game warden to have the deer examined and sent to a place for rehabilitation. It is such a 'freak of nature', that only 1 in
more than a million are even born.

We haven't yet been able to contact the persons named to verify if they were indeed the ones who found the fawn pictured above.

Hunting, trapping, or possession of albino deer is prohibited in some jurisdictions.

Last updated:   13 July 2005


David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994.

Article Tags