Tuesday, October 21, 2014

11-year-old hunter bags rare albino deer

HOWELL, Mich. — It's rare that an 11-year-old hunter bags a 12-point buck with a crossbow.

It's even more rare when that buck is an albino deer.

Gavin Dingman of Oceola Township took down the trophy buck last week while hunting with his father, Mick Dingman.

"He kind of feels like a rock star right now. Everyone is calling, all of the hunting shows and hunting magazines," Mick Dingman said.

The Dingmans had spotted the albino deer several times over the past couple of years and had even snapped photos of it.

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That's a rare animal indeed. Due to albinism, there is a lack of melanin pigment formation. Melanin protects our skin from harmful UV rays which are carcinogenic. Animals with albinism can have a shorter lifespan as a result of the decreased ability to hide from predators, due to lack of natural camouflage. In other words, a white deer sticks out like a diamond in a goats ass, and natural predators love that kind of thing.

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