Monday, February 12, 2007

Appaloosa Deer

I call this local doe the "appaloosa deer" because she has a blanket of spots like an appaloosa horse. She's passed on this trait to two other deer we've seen, a doe and a buck, although their spot pattern is much smaller, just over their back or hips. I've seen her around for about 4 years now, and I hope she has a long life, with lots of her special fawns. I hope I can live here long enough to see how far her genes will spread.

5 comments:

burning silo said...

Very interesting about the deer. I've seen many White-tailed deer here in the east and can't say I've ever seen one with unusual white markings. Is that a Mule Deer or Blacktail Deer? I think I've only seen Mule Deer when out west, but I guess you have Blacktail in that region as well.

cyndy said...

She looks as if she is part albino.

Dave said...

Here in PA, we've only seen a couple of those part-albino deer (white-tailed) over the years. The hunters call them palomino deer, and most of them avoid shooting them or the pure albinos, out of fear of bad luck.

wyldthang said...

Hi! It's Blacktail...I didn't know something could be part albino. Dave, I hope the bad luck thing is a west coast deal too! Anyways, she's pretty cool! Celeste

mamma said...

we have a similar deer here near Sandy, OR in the cascade foothills. Just wondering about her...heard that they are quite rare.