Albino deer in Cape Girardeau, Missouri~Casper the deer

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO 2004008944

Casper the albino deer in Cape Girardeau MO

Casper the albino deer

My headlights swept across the darkness as I pulled into the parking lot, illuminating the grassy yard beyond it. Seeing deer in our church yard was not unusual, but this time one of the deer at the edge of the light beam looked grey, not brown. "Is that the albino deer?" I asked my husband. "Yes, I think it is," he said as I slowly repositioned the car to point the headlights toward the deer, and then we were sure. He stood there silently, studying us as we studied him.

I quickly put the car into park and started searching the back seat for my camera. Knowing that I probably could not get a decent image in the darkness and that my camera's batteries had drained completely while I was taking photos just a few hours earlier, I decided to try anyway. Camera in hand, I said a silent prayer that the camera's batteries had rejuvenated enough for a few precious shots. I had to try. The albino deer had resumed grazing in the church yard's well manicured, irrigated lawn. I eased from the car, leaving the door open and walked slowly toward the mystical creature. Not wanting to waste any of whatever precious battery power I might have, I wanted to get as close as possible before trying to turn on the camera.

When it looked like the deer was getting spooked, I stopped in my tracks, planted my feet apart, braced my arms close to my body, and hit the camera's power button. It sprang to life, and I managed to get four frames off, before the lense retracted back into its  lifeless camera. My prayer that I would someday see the magnificant creature and then my prayer that the drained camera would capture the moment were answered. Finally, I have now seen the fabled albino deer of Cape Girardeau, Missouri!

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Joan Whitebook
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Wow - what an amazing story... and in the church yard.. I never knew there was such as thing as

" the fabled albino deer of Cape Girardeau, Missouri!"

Sep 16, 2012 12:56 PM #1
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Liz Lockhart
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Stories about him started appearing about two years ago, and he's been photographed several times. Unfortunately, the sightings are mostly at night; and the photos are nearly all about the same quality as mine. My church sits on 10 acres of what was an undeveloped 40 acre parcel a few years ago, so the deer still consider it theirs. Especially in the middle of this year's drought, our well-watered lawn attracts them every night. I have seen as many as 17 at a time.

Sep 16, 2012 01:28 PM #2
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Hi Liz, this was an outstanding photo story and I can't recall that I have ever seen even a photo of an albino deer. Just wonderful!
Sep 16, 2012 03:12 PM #3
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William~You can't tell in the dark, but the few people who have seen the deer in the daylight say that his eyes are pink and that his rack also has a pinkish look. Conservation Commission believes that he is a true albino, though no conservation agent has actually seen him.

Sep 17, 2012 02:52 AM #4
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Liz- I'd never heard of an albino deer.  I'm glad you got to see it. 

Sep 22, 2012 02:49 AM #5
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Justin Cox

Say goodbye to whitey!

Dec 02, 2014 03:55 AM #6
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Liz Lockhart
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True, Justin Cox. Somebody did kill him today: Hunter kills white deer

Dec 02, 2014 05:13 AM #7
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