Rare animal found in Texas desert

Wildlife biologists recently discovered an extremely rare sighting of a desert mule deer in the Trans-Pecos region of west Texas.

It was the rarest of rare animals.The Trans-Pecos Wildlife District spotted and videotaped a melanistic (black hair) mule deer fawn, “a one-in-a-million anomaly.”

In a report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the deer appears all black except for flashes of white fur as it flees the helicopter

 “Its coloration contrasts sharply with the older, larger mule deer running ahead of it.”

District 1 biologists J. Etchart and J. Weaver posted the video on Facebook.

MC1R are thought to cause Melanism, a rare genetic anomaly characterised by excessive melanin production.

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