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Name: Lisa
Status: Other
Grade:  Other
Location: WI
Country: United States
Date: September 2005


Question:
I just read an aticle in my local paper that states a true albino white-tailed deer has blue eyes. I was always told that they were only true ablinos if they had red or pink eyes. Could you please tell me which make them a true albino deer?



Replies:
A true albino has pink eyes because, since there is no pigment in the iris, all you see is the blood is the eye. If the animal has blue eyes, it means that a small amount of melanin is being pproduce in the iris.

Ron Baker, Ph.D



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