Great photo, but someone's kidding
Lost, stolen or strayed? This delightful photo of an albino whitetail fawn has been lost in cyberspace. The little deer may have been stolen from its owner. It seems to have strayed to Stanley, North Dakota; the Bolivar Peninsula or Glen Rose, Texas; West Liberty, Kentucky, somewhere in the wilds of Wisconsin, and countless websites.
We joined the search for this elusive pet, but can't track it down.
At one stage, we thought it might have been found in Conroe, Texas, after reading this on a pets' website:
So we emailed Jim Fredricks, editor of the Conroe newspaper, the Montgomerie County Courier. He told us the paper had investigated the report, but had been unable to confirm it.
Then we read what sounded like a convincing tale that Alicia (aka Angel in Disguise), had posted on a moblog (mobile phone bloggers') site:
The photo obviously had wide appeal, as it attracted a long string of comments, including these:
Then Alicia entered a second message: "He is beautiful! They don't know what happened to the mom. They looked all over for her but never found her."
We couldn't find Alicia's email address, but we did find pictures of her house in Hickory, North Carolina. We googled Hickory, and found it's known as the gateway to the North Carolina Great Smokey Mountains. Deer country, perhaps.
Finally, we found another string of messages on a magazine's community board:
"Didn't someone on here - some time in the last month or so - say they found this albino fawn?" asked Putt-Putt Operator from McCandless, Pennsylvnia. "The same pictures showed up on snopes.com. Something smells funny..."
T20, from Rough and Ready, NE California, replied, "I am here to tell ya that that albino deer was caught (rescued from traffic) by my cousin Velita's son, Mark, in Wisconsin. The following is pure B.S.
To which PPO responded: "T-20 - get your relatives to shoot them an email and clear the story up if they have time - seems like they could use it. You can't put anything on the internet anymore without someone else taking credit for it. I wouldn't be surprised if it was pulled off this page by someone."
And that, my friends, is as far as we've gone in our search for the cute little albino whitetail fawn.