Piebald Deer Near Oxford, NY No. 1

Piebald Deer Near Oxford, NY

This deer has large white patches on both sides of its body behind the shoulders. At first I thought it might be shedding or a disease. Closer examination with high powered binoculars convinced me that it part of the natural coat. The term "piebald," used to identify a whitetail with at least one extra splotch of white hair, has an interesting origin. "Pie" means "mixed up;" "bald" means "having a white spot." To a horseman, a "piebald" is a horse with blackand white splotches; one with brown and white splotches actually is known as a "skewbald."

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Karen says ... on Monday, Nov 10 at 3:56 PM

My daughter see one in Lannon, WI on 11-8-2008 - really neat looking.

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