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Oh, ‘deer’! NC man spots rare piebald deer in neighborhood

CARY, N.C. — Gary Frazier in Cary welcomed a special visitor in his neighborhood Monday morning. Frazier spotted a rare piebald deer standing in a wooded area a...

CARY, N.C. — Gary Frazier in Cary welcomed a special visitor in his neighborhood Monday morning.

Frazier spotted a rare piebald deer standing in a wooded area and quickly snapped some photos. 

The post shows a piebald deer standing in the woods from a distance.

Courtesy: Cary Downtown/Facebook

According to NC Wildlife, piebald deer are often mistaken for albino deer, but the two are not the same. Piebald deer have blotches of white on portions of their fur that are usually dark, while albino deer lack pigmentation and are completely white. 

But that’s not to say they aren’t rare, NC Wildlife says research shows the piebald trait may show up in one in 1,000 deer, or 0.1%. 

NC Wildlife says your chances of seeing an albino deer in the wild are about one in 30,000.