What is a Piebald Deer? According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a Piebald deer is a White-tail deer with a genetic abnormality resulting in patches of white fur. Many times a Piebald deer will more closely resemble a Pinto pony than a normal white-tail. While this genetic oddity is the most common coloring abnormality in white-tailed deer--it is still rare--ocurring in 1% of the white-tailed deer population.
Piebald deer often show signs of other defects as well--like shorter legs, an arched spine or short lower jawline.
The Piebald Deer that my husband photographed made me immediately think of a horse. He was absolutely beautiful! He was mostly white with patches of brown.
Ohio has a large white-tailed deer population--and we see deer daily in our suburban yard and even in the city parks. I saw a statistic that less than 1 in 3000 white-tailed deer will show the recessive, Piebald coloring genes.
This view shows a little more of the white coloring of his fur.
Unfortunately, Ohio does not protect Piebald or Albino (all white) deer or deer with Melanism (all black). I know that deer can be a nuisance (they eat my tulips every year)--but, seeing this rare sight was a wonderful surprise.
.....and proof that we can learn and experience something new every day if we explore the world around us!