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February 01, 2019

Hunter 'teared up and totally amazed' at spotting a rare 'ghostly' albino buck

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A Tennessee woman shared a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” with a rare animal while hunting.

Amy Henderson Hall was hunting at a friend's property in Williamson County, Tennessee when she was granted an extraordinary experience when an unusual animal “walked right underneath me and hung out with me for 30 minutes.”

Hall shared a video and photos of the rare animal she encountered on her Facebook page on November 18, 2018.

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“I teared up and was totally amazed. It was a very eerie, ghostly feeling.”

Amy Henderson Hall. Facebook, November 18, 2018.

A RARE DEER IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Hall saw a magnificent snow-white ten-point buck and was rendered speechless. The animal was an albino, with the characteristic pink nose and eyes.

According to experts, white deer are extremely rare, with an estimated 1 in every 20,000 animals being born with the condition.

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HUNTING ALBINO DEER IS ILLEGAL

Hall wished to share her uplifting encounter and remind other hunters that hunting albino deer is illegal in Tennessee.  Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin also have laws protecting white deer and forbidding their slaughter.

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According to experts, white deer are extremely rare, with an estimated 1 in every 20,000 animals being born with the condition.

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WHITE DEER WAS UNAFRAID OF THE HUMAN HUNTER

Hall watched the beautiful white buck for 30 minutes as it grazed and rubbed its antlers on a tree before it wandered off, completely unperturbed by her presence:

“It enjoyed the space, nothing ever bothered it. This experience was amazing; it was like seeing a ghost."

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A WHITE MOOSE WAS SPOTTED IN ONTARIO

Like Amy Henderson Hall, Nicole Leblanc and her husband were privileged to catch a glimpse of a rare and beautiful animal.

The couple from northern Ontario, in Canada, were driving to a camp near Foleyet when they saw two white moose crossing a highway. They captured the encounter on camera and posted it to Facebook where it went viral:

“People are amazed. It’s not every day that you get to see it and I was able to tape it ... it’s a beauty to see.”

Unlike Hall's deer, the white moose are not albinos. These white moose — sometimes called "ghost" or "spirit" moose — are a snowy white due to the Armstrong White Gene Strain, a recessive gene which causes the white coloration in their fur.

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