A white animal was laying on the road up ahead when a truck driver in California screeched to a halt last week.
He saw it was a fawn when he got closer and noticed her all-white fur.
Because of her pristine white coat, the discovery claimed that he initially mistakenly believed she was a lamb, according to Shasta Stratton-Quirk of the Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue in Loomis, California, who spoke with The Dodo. The orphan was immediately taken up by the rescue.
This fawn will remain white since she is an albino, although most fawns lose their white patches as they become older.
It’s not unheard of for albino deer to be found in the wild among a herd of brown deer, but it’s uncommon to find one so young without their mother, the rescue said.
This is the first albino fawn to ever come into their care — and the little 3-week-old deer was lucky she hadn’t been injured by a car.
The fawn’s caretakers have nicknamed her Spirit.
Spirit is already demonstrating her resolve to develop into a robust animal, and she has a team of skilled wildlife rehabilitators watching over her at every turn. Every year, Diane Nicholas, the shelter’s president, saves orphaned fawns that are too young to live on their own.
“She is doing extremely well right now,” Stratton-Quirk continued. She is consuming food and gaining weight!
Over the next six months, Spirit’s rescuers will help her learn how to forage for her own food and socialize with other deer in hopes she’ll be able to be released to the wild.
Since there are already established groups of deer in the area with albinism, Spirit is expected to be just fine.