Rare deer is spotted in wildlife agency’s grounds
A RARE white deer has been spotted grazing outside the offices of a Government agency that protects wildlife.
The ghost-like fallow deer buck was seen by a police officer standing next to the entrance to the modern building which houses Scottish Natural Heritage’s (SNH) on an industrial estate in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway.
It is thought to have leucism, an unusual condition whereby pigmentation cells fail to develop properly.
This can result in rare cases in the animals turning completely white, leaving people to mistake them for albinos.
Officer Graham Forsyth made the discovery while returning home from work and took a picture of it outside the office.
He said: “I was driving home from work and as I passed the SNH office I saw a couple of deer to my left.
“I slowed down and there was a pure white one right in front of me. It stood out from all the others.
“I stopped the car and it stood long enough for me to take a picture. It was quite happy to pose for me before it sauntered off.”
The Government-funded body cares for the nation’s wildlife, habitats, landscapes and natural beauty. The building also houses the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
An SNH spokeswoman said: “White fallow deer are an unusual sight, especially a buck like this – we are delighted to see it feeding in our grounds.
“White examples turn up in a range of species including squirrels, blackbird, fox and various marine mammals, as well as deer.”