Last week, a truck driver in California came to a halt when he noticed a white animal laying in the road ahead of him.
As he got closer, he noticed it was a fawn with entirely white fur.
“The finding stated he initially assumed her was a lamb because of her pristine white coat,” Shasta Stratton-Quirk of the Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue in Loomis, California, told The Dodo. The orphan was immediately taken up by the rescue.
While most fawns lose their white spots as they get older, this fawn will retain her white markings since she is albino.
It’s not rare to see albino deer in the wild among a herd of brown deer, but it’s unusual to find one so young without its mother, according to the rescue.
This is the first albino fawn they’ve ever had in their care, and the 3-week-old deer was lucky she wasn’t hit by a car.
Spirit has been given as a nickname by the fawn’s caregivers.
Spirit has already demonstrated her will to grow strong — and she has a professional team of wildlife rehabilitators monitoring her every step of the way. Diane Nicholas, the shelter’s president, saves orphaned fawns who aren’t mature enough to thrive on their own every year.
“She’s doing pretty well right now,” Stratton-Quirk continued. “She’s eating and becoming bigger!”
Spirit’s rescuers will assist her learn to forage for her own food and mingle with other deer over the next six months in the hopes that she will be able to be released back into the wild.
Spirit is likely to be alright because there are previously established groups of albino deer in the region.