An extremely beautiful fawn that was rejected by his mother shortly after birth has finally found solace on a local farm in Michigan. The fawn was rejected by his mother because he got very unusual features on his face.
The one-and-a-half-week-old baby deer was born with piebald, a very rare condition. Piebald, which cannot be albinism or melanism, occurs when an animal’s body has large spots without pigmentation. The little one is nicknamed Dragon – a very fierce name, however, betrayed by his extremely cute face.
This rare fawn was born at Deer Trucks Junction, a farm in Cedar Springs, Michigan, and was abandoned by his mother shortly after birth due to his unusualness. Luckily, now he is thriving, thanks to the humane people who care for him.
Dragon’s adoptive mother, Hilary Powell, said: “In the wild, they are very, very rare.” “Being a piebald cause a variety of health risks and a whitetail deer instinctually rejects any babies that do not have a good chance of survival.”
Like albino animals, dragons will have great difficulty living in the wild. Animals with this rare condition are often rejected by their groups and, at worst; they are very vulnerable to predators due to their lack of disguise.
Powell told FOX17 that they have a black nose. “[A Pink nose is] a detriment in the wild, because if they don’t have shade, their nose is very sensitive to the sun and can get sunburn. The white, on the other hand, makes him stand out so he can’t hide from predators, and he can’t hear or see predators coming.”
Thanks to Dragon, he has all the ingredients he needs for a long happy life on the farm where he lives!