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albino fawns

My brother lives in Orange, Virginia and has recently seen twin albino fawns. He wondered how rare this was and do you have any more information on this occurrence.

Wildlife Expert - Ken Burton

Albino White-tailed Deer are reported fairly often. Hunters' reports suggest that about one deer in 30,000 is albino, though some of these are not true albinos, they just have a mutation for white hair (their skin and eyes are normally colored). I suspect that the frequency of albino (and otherwise white) deer is increasing because deer have lost most of their natural predators, which normally would have picked off these animals quickly. Albinism is a recessive trait, requiring both parents to carry the gene expressing it. Many more deer carry the gene than express it; that is, many normal-looking deer carry the albino gene. With more albinos surviving to breeding age, the incidence of the gene in the gene pool would increase, but only a little since there are still very few albinos.

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