White deer at Argonne National Laboratory
I have been hearing that the deer around your forest are turning white. Why
They were born that way. They are imported deer from Europe, not native
In New York there have been sightings of white deer. These are mutants and
are called albinos. They lack the ability to synthesize the skin pigment
melanin and thus have no skin, hair, or eye color. Perhaps you have seen an
albino rat or rabbit. Sometimes people inherit (or acquire) this mutation.
These people can be photosensitive because their eyes and are not protected
from some sunlight. I know of an Army encampment that has had the deer
inbreeding for several generations (hunting is not allowed). Albinos are
thought to be rare in nature also in part to their visibility as prey. Where
are the European white deer found?
Michael B Lomonaco
Argonne National Laboratory has a herd of imported European white deer roaming
around the site. Not to be outdone, Fermilab has a herd of Bison.
No weird atomic mutants to report, sorry.
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