Travel North Carolina Raleigh Family Captures Footage of Rare Albino Deer Now that’s something you don’t see every day! By Meghan Overdeep Meghan Overdeep Meghan Overdeep has more than a decade of writing and editing experience for top publications. Her expertise extends from weddings and animals to every pop culture moment in between. She has been scouring the Internet for the buzziest Southern news since joining the team in 2017. Southern Living's editorial guidelines Updated on August 19, 2022 Fact checked by Jennifer Hawk Fact checked by Jennifer Hawk Jennifer Hawk is a former English professor with 24 years of experience guiding even the most reluctant through the labyrinths of writing, rhetoric, and research. brand's fact checking process Share Tweet Pin Email "Is that Santa's deer?" A young child asked a fair question after spotting a rare albino deer in their family's Raleigh, North Carolina, neighborhood recently. Photos by Michael Crowley/Getty Images In a video submitted to WRAL, the cute kid can be heard asking what we're all thinking as a stark white deer strolls out of sight. Albinism is a congenital condition defined by the absence of pigment. Albino deer have a completely white hide and pink eyes, nose, and hooves. According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, albinism is only observed in one in 30,000 deer. Piebald deer—deer that have blotches of white coloration on portions of their hide—are much more common. There are approximately one million deer in North Carolina, which means roughly 33 albino deer reside in the Tar Heel State. For the safety of this particular albino deer, WRAL did not disclose the deer's exact location. While there are no restrictions on hunting albino deer in North Carolina, many hunters believe that anyone who kills a white deer will experience a long run of bad luck. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Southern Living is committed to using high-quality, reputable sources to support the facts in our articles. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we fact check our content for accuracy. Commonality of Albino Deer. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. White-tailed Deer: A North Carolina Conservation Success Story. North Carolina Wildlife Federation.