Photo Credit: j van cise photos (Flickr).

The deer in this image is likely albino due to its pink nose while the deer in the video is likely leucistic, as some darker areas can still be seen on the deer. Photo Credit: j van cise photos (Flickr).

A rare white deer has been spotted at a campground in Colorado and Grace Purvis was there to capture the moment on video.

According to Denver's Fox 31, the deer was seen at Cherry Creek Campground on Wednesday morning.

If a deer appears white, it is likely due to one of two genetic mutations – leucism and albinism. While albinism is a condition that results in the absence of melanin, leucism only results in partial pigmentation loss. The deer in the video does not have total lack of melanin, meaning that it is likely white due to leucism compared to the deer in the image at the top of this article, which likely has albinism.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, just one in 30,000 mule deer are leucistic. This condition might seem rare – and it is – but it might be much more common than albinism in mule deer. A book written in 1989 titled "The Deer of North America" claims that just one in every 500,000 deer are albino – 16 times more rare. Others claim that 'one in 500,000' is too high and that the number of albino deer might be closer to one in 20,000. Either way, both abnormalities are rare to find.

While exciting to see, the white appearance of this deer can pose a problem when it comes to helping it evade predators as it can be more easily seen due to lack of natural camouflage.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run. He's on a mission to summit all 58 of Colorado's fourteeners and has already climbed more than half.


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