Raccoons may look like a cute and cuddly mix between cats and dogs, but they can still be mischievous pests. If you your home is located next to a wooded area, chances are good that you’ve awoken to the sounds of these little guys rummaging through your trash in the middle of the night.
And although sighting a raccoon is nothing to get excited about, laying your eyes on a rare albino “coon” is definitely a cause for celebration!
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One such albino raccoon was brought to the Humane Animal Rescue Wildlife Center on February 6, 2018.
The center even shared the incident on their Facebook because it was so unusual. They wrote:
“Did you know that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than seeing one of these critters in the wild? Some wildlife biologists believe that the chances for albinism are 1 in every 750,000 raccoons!”
They also mention that his eyes, like most creatures with albinism, are red, although it’s hard to tell from the photos.
This particular albino raccoon had a wound on his back that became infected. Luckily, it wasn’t anything that the wildlife experts couldn’t handle.
Raccoons are scrappy little animals, so the team did have to anesthetize him before they could properly tend to his wound. But he’s currently expected to make a full recovery.
One of the wildlife experts has welcomed “Snow” into her home while he recovers and completes his course of antibiotics. She reports that he is doing well, loves digging through her trash, and has become quite chummy with her two retired racing greyhounds.
It’s uncertain whether “Snow” will return to the wild or live with his foster family permanently.
Here’s more from Wikipedia:
Albinism results from inheritance of recessive gene alleles and is known to affect all vertebrates, including humans. It is due to absence or defect of tyrosinase, a copper-containing enzyme involved in the production of melanin. It is the opposite of melanism.
Those afflicted with albinism are generally as healthy as the rest of the population (but see related disorders below), with growth and development occurring as normal, and albinism by itself does not cause mortality, although the lack of pigment blocking ultraviolet radiation increases the risk of melanomas (skin cancers) and other problems.
Have you ever seen an albino before?
Do raccoons ever get into your trash at night?