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Out-Of-The-Ordinary Doe Captures Imaginations Of Danbury Residents

DANBURY, CONN. (CBSNewYork) – We’ve all seen deer, but the doe Shirley Lowell spotted in the woods near her yard in Danbury last weekend was something else: all white, head-to-hoof deer

“To see one lone white deer was pretty amazing,” Lowell said.

She shot video of it so people would believe her.

“I’ve never seen a deer that color. I’ve seen the brown, not the white,” neighbor Dominic Fontana said.

As CBS 2’s Lou Young reported, statistically, one in every 100 deer are born all-white, but the rare thing is for it to make it past the first three months of life. Because of its color, it’s hard to hide from predators.

“It’s probably a Piebold deer as opposed to an albino, so it does have pigment. It’s just white instead of brown,” Pat Sesta said, Wilton Environmental Affairs Director.

According to Sesta, Piebold deer tend to thrive where there is more snow cover, but this one has beat the odds and captured imaginations.

“It’s pretty interesting. I think weird things are interesting,” Sesta said.

Even neighbor Cosimo Fragomelli, a gardener who grows giant squash and hates most deer, says he’d give the deer a pass.

“If I hunt, I no shoot a deer like that. I leave it alone,” Fragomelii said.

Lowell would actually like to see her again.

“She hasn’t been back yet, but it’s only been a couple of days ago that she came through,” she said.

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