White deer born in China is one in a millionJune 2, 2011
(CNN) - A spotted deer has given birth to a snow white spotted dear, which is a very precious breed of spotted deer, in Bolin Deer Farm in Laiyang, east China's Shandong province, on Monday, May 30.
Spotted deer is famous for white spots on its pinkish fawn body, and snow white spotted deer has been rarely seen in China.
The new born spotted deer is snow white except for a faint yellow on the head and a black strip on the back and it can run around the farm four hours after its birth. According to staff of Bolin Deer Farm, this white spotted deer is also called snow deer, and the chance of pure spotted deer having white deer babies is one in millions as the genomic sequences change.
This white spotted deer is 60 centimeters long and 50 centimeters high. Its build is normal for a new born spotted deer, though a litter shorter than the other two new-born deer on the farm. However, it's much more active and lively.
"This deer is much more vigorous and smart than the other spotted deer," said Yang Qi, manager of Bolin Deer Farm in Laiyang of Shandong. "The parents of this white deer are both pure spotted deer. I have never seen such a deer despite that I have kept deer over ten years."
Ancient people in China believed that it is an auspicious sign of the birth of white deer. Although no one knows this for sure, it's indeed rare to see a white spotted deer.
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