A rare white-faced deer rejected by its mother at birth has been given a chance at life thanks to owners of a local farm.
“Dragon” was born about a week and a half ago on the farm. But, because the fawn was born with a white face, it was disowned by its mother.
The fawn is at Deer Tracks Junction in Cedar Springs.
“In the wild, they are very very rare,” explained owner, Hillary Powell.
“We have a Piebald [deer] and he came from a Piebald so she had a 50/50 shot of having another Piebald. So, it’s not as rare but in the wild it is.”
With his white face, crystal blue eyes and pink nose, this unique-looking fawn was a stark contrast to his normal, brown-colored sibling. And that difference could be harmful in the wild.
“Normally they have a black nose. It’s actually a detriment in the wild because if they don’t have shade, their nose is very sensitive to the sun and can get sun burn.”
Because of his coloring, “Dragon’s” mother knew it would be very difficult for him to survive in the wild and hide from predators, so she abandoned him within hours after his birth.
Immediately, Powell became his surrogate mother. Her son named the fawn “Dragon,” knowing it was such contrast to how he looks.
The Powell’s will continue bottle feeding him and giving him his vitamins until the day he can meet visitors.