Rare Albino Deer Spotted in Solon

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By Katie Stinson

SOLON, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a rare albino deer has been spotted several times in eastern Iowa.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the snow white deer has appeared multiple times during the end of June and the beginning of July. One spotting included near the city of Solon.

Visitors to the area have reported seeing the pink-eared, pink-nosed adult for several minutes before it ducks away. The deer is presumed to be a doe because it has no antlers.

Officials are reminding hunters to stay away from the rare deer because state law prohibits hunting the creature.

The odds of an albino deer are 1 in 100,000, and occur when each parent carries the recessive gene and passes it along to the fawn. They're spotted in Iowa every few years.

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