Spotted Bambi? Unique piebald deer captured on camera

Piebald deer in Freeport

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A viewer on Wednesday captured video of a unique sight in Maine: a piebald deer.

Piebalds, also referred to as leucistic deer, suffer from a recessive genetic trait condition found in less than 1 percent of white-tailed deer, according to BuckManager.com.

In addition to lacking consistent pigment throughout their bodies, which results in splotches of white and brown and a diminished camouflage, piebalds' condition also puts them at risk for deformities such as bowing of the nose, short legs, arching spine and short lower jaws.

PHOTOS: Piebald deer in Freeport

The woman who captured the video, Jennifer Archer, said she and her passenger Megan initially spotted the animal as they were about to use the on-ramp to I-295 in Freeport.

Archer said they pulled over, and it wasn't long before another woman pulled up behind them and called 911. She was convinced it was a goat they were seeing.

"[She thought] that someone had lost their pet goat, so she wanted to alert the authorities," Archer said. "No matter how many times we told her it was a deer … not a goat."

Archer called the sighting "a blessing," and said it's all her and her friends and family had been talking about all day.

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