Wildlife biologists estimate that only one in 100,000 deer are born albino. This estimate adds a sense of wonder to recent sightings of an albino doe in Iowa’s Lake Macbride State Park. Outdoor Hub reports that the rare doe regularly grazes in a field at night, and is sometimes joined by a normally colored fawn.

The creature has become something of an attraction, drawing small groups of visitors. Passing drivers stop their vehicles and step outside to marvel at the animal, careful not to startle it.

Albino deer are incredibly rare and often regarded as beautiful. Given the right conditions, their white coats can be dazzling in the sunlight. The rare coloration of albino deer also make them easy targets for predators, however, and few of these animals survive into adulthood.

It is customary in some areas for hunters to pass on albino and white deer, although traditions–and laws–vary depending on the region. In Iowa, lawmakers made it illegal to hunt predominantly white, whitetail deer in 1980.

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Photo: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.