Rare white deer spotted in Minnesota park

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At Father Hennepin State Park in Minnesota, a photographer caught a rare glimpse of a white deer wandering about the forest.

"We occasionally drive through the park after work in hopes of seeing a white deer, and on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, as we entered the park, the deer were there and we captured this clip," the uploader told Jukin Media.

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It's tricky to spot a white deer amid snow, and even more rare to see an albino deer in the wild. As you might have guessed, albino deer rarely live to adulthood because predators can spot them so easily. They also have very poor eyesight.

USA TODAY reports: "In a December 2013 report published by USA TODAY, Wisconsin naturalist John Bates, co-author of "White Deer: Ghosts of the Forest," said albino deer are born once in about 20,000 births. Some biologists claim only one in 100,000 deer is born albino, the report said."

Buckmasters.com gets a little more poetic, writing that "Chances of seeing one in the wild are very low. It might be easier finding a rare coin or a gold nugget in a stream."

If you think these deer are amazing, wait until you see the 'fanged deer' that was found in early November. It's called the Kashmir musk deer, and only the males have fangs. A research team spotted the endangered deer at least three times in Northeastern Afghanistan where it hadn't been seen since 1948.

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SRINAGAR, INDIA - OCTOBER 24: A Man is feeding grass to Musk deer calf which was found on October 24, 2012 in Batmaloo area of Srinagar, India. The residents of Srinagar handed over a musk deer to wildlife officials. The musk deer was mysteriously found in the locality and was rescued by the residents after it was attacked by dogs. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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Kashmiri children look at a Musk Deer cub that strayed into a residential area in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The cub was later handed over to the wildlife officials. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Kashmiri women look at a man holding a Musk Deer cub that strayed into a residential area in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The cub was later handed over to the wildlife officials. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
Kashmiri children attend to a Musk Deer cub that strayed into a residential area in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The cub was later handed over to the wildlife officials. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
SRINAGAR, INDIA - OCTOBER 24: A Man feeding milk to Musk deer calf which was found on October 24, 2012 in Batmaloo area of Srinagar, India.The residents of Srinagar handed over a musk deer to wildlife officials. The musk deer was mysteriously found in the locality and was rescued by the residents after it was attacked by dogs. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
SRINAGAR, INDIA - OCTOBER 24: Children playing with the Musk deer calf which was found on October 24, 2012 in Batmaloo area of Srinagar, India.The residents Srinagar handed over a musk deer to wildlife officials. The musk deer was mysteriously found in the locality and was rescued by the residents after it was attacked by dogs. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA -OCTOBER 24: A vet holds an injured fawn of Musk deer after treating it after it was rescued by locals from the clutches of stray dogs on October 24, 2012 on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Administered Kashmir. Wildlife officials were not sure how the animal could have reached the summer capital city of Indian-administered Kashmir as Musk deer is generally found in Dachigam National Park, upper reaches of Sonamarg and the Zabarwan hills, they said.The Musk deer is an endangered species, though officials say they are yet to conduct a census to count the population of Musk deer. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images)
SRINAGAR, KASHMIR, INDIA -OCTOBER 24: A wildlife official holds an injured fawn of Musk deer in a vehicle after it was rescued by locals from the clutches of stray dogs on October 24, 2012 on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Administered Kashmir. Wildlife officials were not sure how the animal could have reached the summer capital city of Indian-administered Kashmir as Musk deer is generally found in Dachigam National Park, upper reaches of Sonamarg and the Zabarwan hills, they said.The Musk deer is an endangered species, though officials say they are yet to conduct a census to count the population of Musk deer. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images)
SRINAGAR, INDIA - OCTOBER 24: A Man feeding milk to Musk deer calf which was found on October 24, 2012 in Batmaloo area of Srinagar, India.The residents of Srinagar handed over a musk deer to wildlife officials. The musk deer was mysteriously found in the locality and was rescued by the residents after it was attacked by dogs. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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To see more pics of albino deer, head over to the Huntley/Paulsen Facebook page. Interested in helping protect albino whitetail deer? Check out this site.

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