CLEVELAND, Ohio– Have you ever seen an animal like this? A piebald deer has been spotted in the Cleveland Metroparks and it has sparked a discussion on Facebook, with others sharing their own photos.
The Metroparks posted a photo with an explanation of what a piebald deer is.
“Is it a cow? Is it a pinto pony? No, it’s a piebald deer. This unique coloration is caused by a rare genetic variation and occurs in less than one percent of the white-tailed deer population. Piebald deer are more commonly seen than albino deer, a recessive trait in which the individual lacks the gene responsible for all pigmentation. Piebalds still have brown eyes, dark noses and hoofs, and the amount of white varies with each individual. There is evidence that piebalds display more birth defects like scoliosis, short legs, and internal organ deformities, and could be a result of overpopulation. This piebald deer was photographed recently in Cleveland Metroparks. Have you ever seen a piebald deer?”
When the Metroparks asked that question, several people shared photos of the “stunning” animals and told stories of piebald deer they have spotted around Northeast Ohio.