This may have been a first for me, if I had ever seen another Piebald deer it was when I was young and do not remember it. This was taken the first morning at SNP durring the rut and was my first shutter release of the day. The way the morning started had me excited about the trip. Deer right away as I entered the park, a buck a short distance later and once the sun began to come up deer close by. As I started driving I encountered this buck with another small buck plying around with there antlers locked up. I did not get a shot at that but after getting out of the truck and cranking up the ISO I did get a few of this Piebald.
Piebalds are rare typically occurring in less than 1% of the deer. They are more common in areas like this where they are protected from hunters. I was told that there is at least two piebald does in the park also, one known as Dottie that is around the Skyland area is may be as old as 13 years. The piebald coat ranges from a very slight amount of white hair to almost totally white coats. Unlike true albinos, piebald deer have brown eyes and black hooves. The piebald condition is frequently associated with other harmful physical conditions, including skeletal deformities (e.g., dorsal bowing of the nose, short/deformed legs, curved spine, short lower mandible, etc.) and internal organ deformities.