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‘White’ Deer of Belmont

This deer was a well known sight on Belmont Moors in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It survived several attempts by hunters to shoot it before it was killed by a car on Belmont Road on the 12th April 1982. The body was found by waterworks workers who buried it before the museum exhumed it on the same day, to be mounted. The carcass was found with numerous old injuries, including shotgun pellets in the pelvis and three broken ribs.

Fallow deer have four colour variants, and this specimen, often assumed to be albino is actually the white ‘leucistic’ variant.

Despite being highly noticeable and under attack, this animal was a tough survivor. Now it tells a story and survives still.