Story By: Bartosz Staszewski, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Central European News
A hungry albino deer that was abandoned by its mother because of its appearance has reportedly approached humans for food and shelter.
Residents in a village outside the city of Przemysl in the south-eastern Polish province of Subcarpathian Voivodeship claim the starving male deer had turned to them for help.
Radoslaw Fedaczynski from the Centre for Rehabilitation of Protected Animals based in Przemysl said: “The albino deer was probably abandoned by his mother due to its unusual appearance.
“Albinism is a congenital disorder characterised by a lack of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. It is particularly disadvantageous to animals because it deprives them of their natural camouflage.”
Fedaczynski added: “Such animals are more often than not targeted by predators.”
According to reports, the deer was taken to a veterinary clinic where the pale animal was checked over before being sent to the village of Zawoja where he was settled in an animal centre.
Netizens had a lot to say about the albino deer’s plight. Social media user ‘Agnieszka Kla’ wrote: “It is very sad that albino animals are often rejected by the herd and become lonely. However, it is reassuring to know that people are there to help them.”