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Thread: White Deer in the Welsh Dee Valley

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    White Deer in the Welsh Dee Valley

    I have had a report from a friend that a "white red deer" was recently seen in the Welsh Dee valley somewhere between Corwen and Wrexham. I don't know what sex the deer was nor whether it was alone or in the company of others.

    I'm trying to tie the circumstances and location down a little more as there is a lot of territory between the two places quoted.

    I'm obviously of the opinion that the deer was more likely a fallow than a red as clearly white deer of any other species are extremely rare and reds are almost unknown within 30 miles of this area. What intrigues me more is that the Dee valley is not an area with too many deer in it at all. There are some fallow, roe and muntjac but all are fairly thin on the ground.

    There are quite a few white fallow in the Denbighshire population about 20 miles to the north and this is obviously the most likely source.

    Does anyone have any other ideas on this?

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    Thanks Pete,

    I am slowly getting more information on these deer, they were reported by a famer as "red deer" and apparently present in a wood a mile from his farm. Don't know precisely where this is yet but I should in a day or two. The guy who told me is going to set a remote camera up in the area to try and get a shot of them.

    Clearly, given that one is white, it is very doubtful that they are red but we'll wait and see.

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    They have had white Red deer on Dartmoor in the past, so anything is possible.

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    Some years ago I saw some white Red-Deer at a deer farm between Longtown and Braemar.

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    Hi, just to say that there is a video called "Reds in the roar." Done by the warrener. There is an albeno "RED" on that. I think he is in West Country. I am sorry for being a litte stupid, but is albeno the same as white??

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    Hi Duncs,
    No an albino and a white deer are different. Albinos have red eyes, white deer have the bog standard issue deer coloured eyes.
    It was the Warrener who told me about the Dartmoor white Red Deer, its the same one as you mentioned. Although the herd has been throwing the ocassional white for generations apparently.

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    Picture of rare white Roe Doe. [Cumbria.]
    Re-cycled pic. hence poor quality.


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    Very pretty deer, I bet it can't wait for it to snow!

    I've just come across an article in an old copy of 'Stalking Magazine' October 1997, page 25. A picture of three white Red Stags in a park in the Czech Republic. Beautiful beast, sorry I can't share the picture, its very blurred and in black and white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowulf
    Very pretty deer, I bet it can't wait for it to snow!

    I've just come across an article in an old copy of 'Stalking Magazine' October 1997, page 25. A picture of three white Red Stags in a park in the Czech Republic. Beautiful beast, sorry I can't share the picture, its very blurred and in black and white.
    There's a complete herd of white red deer in that park in the Czech Republic, Kenneth Whitehead documents them in his Encyclopaedia of Deer.

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