Hate to do this but this story is sweeping all the message board fourms in the country. I was wondering why I hadn't heard anything about it on the local news. I did a search to see which news stations had run the story, and this is what I found The real story
Awwwwwwwwwww. Well the photos are definitely real so that cute lil' thing exists (or existed) somewhere. I hope someone kept it because it would have no chance out in the wild. And its eyes and nose would burn in the sun.
What chance it had 'in the wild' is up for debate. Here in Evansville we have a 100 acre nature preserve called 'Wesselman Woods'. Deer wander in along railroad tracks that enter the reserve and end up staying. Over the years, that little 100 acres had a LOT of deer. The confined space led to inbreeding, and we at one time had 3, yes *3* adult albino white-tailed deer simultaneously.
Naturalists decided that this highly inbred population was unhealthy, and a few years ago a controlled hunt was called to cull the herd down, with the albino deer being specifically marked for slaughter. Now there may be 3-5 deer in there, all normal-colored. Hard to say, I never see any in my walks, but there are signs some are around.
Because the preserve had no predators, that 'wild' was perfectly safe for the albino ones, until human predators were brought in specifically.
albino white tail deer are actually relitivly common in some areas. they are almost unheard of here in the west but in parts of the eastern US its not uncommon for a few adult albinos to be shot every year.
I don't have any sources, but I know that albino white-tails can survive alright in the wild. The only real problem is that predators can see them more easily and will pick them first out of a group. Otherwise, they are just normal deer.