Depending on where you live, raccoons might be a regular visitor around your home and backyard. For most of us, we picture their classic black bandit mask and a fluffy striped tail. However, recently, rescuers stumbled upon a raccoon that didn’t look anything like a typical raccoon at all.
In February of 2018, a rare albino raccoon was brought to the Humane Animal Rescue Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The shelter was completely stunned by the striking white animal, who had a wound on its neck; they had never seen anything quite like it before. The Humane Animal Rescue staff took to Facebook to share photos of the interesting-looking animal. The caption read:
“You’ve probably never seen a raccoon like this before! This very rare albino raccoon was brought to our Wildlife Center with an infected wound on his back. Staff had to anesthetize him in order to clean the wound & he’s expected to heal up just fine!
Did you know that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than seeing one of these critters in the wild? Some wildlife biologists believe that the chances for albinism are 1 in every 750,000 raccoons!”
This unique raccoon had been visiting a family’s yard for over a year. They had noticed his infected wound and were able to catch him in a humane manner for medical care.
Thankfully, after some medical attention, rest, and a little bit of TLC, the rare albino raccoon was feeling much better. After a few days of rehab, the animal shelter plans on releasing the wild animal back to the Pennsylvania woods.
Without the stereotypical markings, it would be hard to identify this critter as the raccoon you normally see scavaging through your garbage.
After posting the pictures of the white-furred animal, people couldn’t help but react with awe and gratitude. Some people had even been lucky enough to see an albino raccoon for themselves!
This gorgeous guy will hopefully live a long and happy life now that he’s safely recovered. Watch the rare albino in action in the video below.
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