Photo: Albino Roe Deer Fawn Found In Italian Alps

dailymail - These are the amazing pictures of an incredibly rare baby albino deer dubbed 'White Bambi' hiding with its mother in the Italian wilderness.

Disturbed by a rustling in the forest the brilliant white deer turns to face it's stalker, luckily this shot is only with a camera.

The little fawn, thought to be only eight months old, was sighted in the woods by walkers Massimo Del DIn and his daughter Deborah.

The pair had been trekking in the beautiful Dolomite region, in Belluno, in the Italian Alps, when they caught sight of Bambi through the trees.

Through the branches the little deer and it's mother, who has normal colouring, can be seen turning to face the camera.

Italian authorities have been quick to declare Bambi out of bounds to hunters in the region, which number some 3,500 with a licence to shoot.

It is hoped the measure will stop this Bambi aping his Disney film namesake who famously lost his mother when she was shot by hunters.

Giammaria Sommavilla, provincial police chief of Belluno, confirmed the sighting as extremely rare.

He said: 'I could not believe my eyes, I have never seen an animal like so.

'It is indeed an albino fawn in the picture, taken together with her mother, who instead is normal colour.

'This is not very often we spot something like him, it is very rare and the last records date back many decades.'

Leandro Grones, from the local hunting association, said Bambi has nothing to fear from any other kind of shooting except the camera.

He said: 'Animals like this increases the appeal of the mountain and also feed legends.

'Luckily for Bambi according to one such legend a hunter spotting an albino deer is seeing a soul's journey toward death and the hunter who kills him will suffer the same fate that year.

'Rules are respected here and we have no problems with poachers.

'In every case, his presence gives us pleasure and enriches our valleys and he is a creature almost magical in winter to see.

'But the colour of the skin and eyes do make him very visible when there is no snow, and this could create problems for the rest of the herd,' Mr Grones said.

'Deer have a tendency to isolate others for fear of being spotted by predators.

'Albinism is not a disease, however, it can have some drawbacks in roe deer, such as, for example, being unable to withstand prolonged exposure to the sun.'


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