A doe at the University of Georgia Deer Research Facility in Athens, Ga., recently gave birth to twins – one of them with the rare piebald condition.
David Osborn, wildlife research coordinator with D.B. Wamell School of Forestry Resources, says he’s worked at the facility since 1993 and has never witnessed the birth of a piebald deer.
“It’s a recessive trait, so both the doe and buck have to be carrying the genes for piebaldism,” Osborn said.
He explained that although the twins were born to the same doe, they could have different fathers, as there were two bucks in the pen with the doe.
Although some piebald deer are only unique due to their unusual coat coloration, most are born with a number of deformities, which make it extremely difficult for wild piebald deer to survive.
As you can see in the video, this fawn has several deformities, including severe scoliosis, deformed legs and feet, an overbite and turned-in ears. Because of its white coloration and deformities, the fawn would have most likely never been able to survive in the wild. If it survives in captivity, it will have to walk on its ankles its entire life.
Have you ever seen a piebald deer in the wild?
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