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Wednesday, May 25, 2011


A friend saw the post from yesterday and sent me this ...



Pictures taken by RJ Verge near Beamsville Ont. Canada Black deer are more rare than albinos..

Snopes, the urban legend authority, says this black fawn is for real.   It showed up online recently associated with the name of R. J. Verge, of Beamsville, Ontario.   It created quite a stir.   Just google 'Black fawn' and you'll seen the fuss that has been wrought.   The photographs were actually taken by a professional nature photographer named Richard Buquoi, near Austin, Texas.   This black deer is a melanistic form of the naturally tan-cloured White-tailed deer, and is even rarer than the albanistic (pure white) form.   The two fawns in these photos are, in fact, twins!   According to photographer Buquoi, the area near Austin, Texas, where he took the pictures, seems to have a concentration of black 'Whitetails', although it is still extremely rare to see them.   Researchers say the melanistic mutation likely is perpetuated because it offers a survival advantage. Melanistic deer are concentrated along the (central Texas) region's drainages, where cover is thick and a dark-coloured prey animal would have an edge in avoiding detection.

I have never seen or heard of one of these before. What beautiful pictures.

If you love animals....this is a rare and beautiful set of pictures


  1. Such beautiful pictures. I went back and read yesterday's post. I think it would be so exciting to see a fawn so close by. The only thing we have in our back yard is birds, and lots of lizards. I enjoy the birds, not so sure though, about the lizards.

  2. Rare Black Deer.....is the deer still around today?