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Most hunters have never been lucky enough to witness a piebald or albino deer out in the wild—let alone fighting during the rut.
But Charlie M. of Beaufort, South Carolina, was lucky enough to witness a piebald buck fighting a normal buck right in his own front yard.
A piebald (or pied) animal has a pattern of pigmented spots on a white background of hair. According to QDMA, it’s a “rare genetic anomaly…that can include a range of potential deformities, from coat coloration to skeletal alignment.”
So a good amount of piebald (and albino) deer have skeletal problems, from crooked spines to shortened or crooked legs.
The piebald deer in the video, however, seems quite healthy. Check out the action.
Oh Deer! Island style on Seabrook!Posted by Charlie Moore on Thursday, October 10, 2019
As you can see, he’s putting up quite the fight.
Interestingly, he seems to have figured out that staying on dirt is an advantage because he did his hooves in.
I’m not sure who “won,” but the other buck looks a little bigger, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the pied deer lost.
Either way, it’s a very cool sight to behold, and we’re grateful Charlie grabbed his phone and started recording.