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Have you seen anything white tha is rarley white?

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Albino Animals

Post by +Kuma+ » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:50 am

Sitara wrote:Have you seen anything albino or something thats white that is rarely white?

I've seen a white squirrel and a white deer in my yard every spring. The white Squrriel I see quite often.
Albino Deer:
My family and I live near a small forest surrounded by roads and such, so the [white-tailed] deer there are really special. The deer are all different colors, not just the regular old brown color. We've named some that really stick out, but the rest aren't named Here are the herds I know of:
Herd 1:
Leading Buck: Phantom- Beautiful Silver Buck
Females: 3 Tan Females
1 Silver Female
Fawns: 1 Brown (no spots)
1 Tan

Herd 2:
Leading Buck: Albino Buck
Females: 4 Albino
2 Patched
Fawns: 1 Albino

Herd 3:
Leading Buck: Santos-Regular Brown but huge. Can reach the top of our apple tree. Very gentle, scared of our cat. My favorite.
Females: 5 Regular
Fawns: Appy-Appaloosa horse markings

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Re: Albino Deer

Post by Songdog » Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:19 am

White deer aren't really albino, or at least actual albinism in deer is very rare. The white deer and white-patch deer you are seeing have leucism, in which they have a reduction of pigments, producing white fur or some areas or everywhere. When a deer has white fur or white patches, it is called a Piebald deer.

Albinism is caused by not having melanin, and along with white fur they would also have all white/pink hooves, antlers, along with red eyes. Albinism can have negative health effects, such as development of cataracts, skin cancer, and so forth.

Leucism is caused by a reduction of all pigments, or at least within a certain area. They have normal eyes, hooves, antlers, and eye color. The only negative effect of leucisim is their lack of camouflage.

In some areas, piebald/Leucistic deer are very common because it is passed along genetically.


Leucistic deer:
http://gothunts.com/wp-content/uploads/ ... d_deer.jpg
http://www.hiltonpond.org/images/DeerWh ... bald06.jpg
http://njmg.typepad.com/owl/images/2007 ... deer_3.jpg
http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/adv ... r-copy.jpg


Other Leucistic animals:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... Pigeon.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... e_Lion.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... orse_2.JPG

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Re: Albino Deer

Post by Tally » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:57 am

Wow Songdog, thank you for all the great information!

This makes me think of the middle ages when the nobles hunted white deer for luck and granted wishes. I can't remember if it was bucks or hinds, but I think it was hinds. Hopefully I'll be able to see such a beautiful animal. ^.^ Lucky Kuma!

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Re: Albino Deer

Post by +Kuma+ » Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:25 pm

Thanks for telling me, Songdog! :mrgreen: I agree, I think they are leucistic and not albino. They are really beautiful though, especially the silver ones!

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Re: Albino Deer

Post by -Sheeba » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:07 pm

There have been white moose spotted where I live. Though I'm not sure if they're technically albino. They could very well be what Songdog has said in her post. They are quite beautiful, I must say.
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Post by +Kuma+ » Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:17 pm

Wow, a white moose! I'd love to see a white moose. That's cool, Sheeba.

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Re: Albino Deer

Post by Songdog » Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:24 am

Leucistic; you can see impurities in their coats. They have little spots or splotches of grey/black/brown.

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Re: Albino Deer

Post by SonyWolf » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:52 am

Sorry if I'm going off topic, but aren't Tinker Horses usually, maybe always, like that?

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Re: Albino Deer

Post by +Kuma+ » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:46 am

SonyWolf wrote:Sorry if I'm going off topic, but aren't Tinker Horses usually, maybe always, like that?
I agree, Irish Tinkers are always like that. I looked it up in a book of horse breeds and it said it's a common color for Irish Tinkers.

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Re: Albino Deer

Post by +Kuma+ » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:49 am

(Sorry for the double post)
The white moose are so cute! I don't think albino/leucistic moose will have trouble camoflauging, though. In fact, it might even help them! They're probably hard to spot from a distance.

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Re: Albino Deer

Post by Fawnir » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:41 am

I have seen a Buck with a silver back when I was out hunting. I think I also saw a doe with a white butt. But I went to a store up north and saw a white deer in a glass case....I think. I hope it was not a ram I am thinking of. Little kid memories get fuzzy.^^;

I love the Piebald deer. Very beautiful I think that was what the doe was that I saw.


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Re: Albino Deer

Post by Lalioka » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:49 am

Wow a white deer. We don't get deer in Australia so really cool to hear about one, especially white ones.
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Re: Albino Deer

Post by Songdog » Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:07 am

Piebald deer are very pretty, but I've only seen piebald White Tail, has anyone ever heard cases of other types of deer being piebald? For example, Sambar, Elk, Pudu, Marsh Deer, etc?

Moose would be another one I suppose, moose and White Tail.

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Re: Albino Deer

Post by Fawnir » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:57 pm

Yeap they are out there. If you google Piebald elk there is one that was hunted. I like the piebald moose as well. Very pretty. I think it is possiable for any animal to be piebald or albino. They are just hard to find in the less common ones.

Here is a picture of a few Albino elk I found on google.

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