VIDEO: Rare albino raccoon caught on camera
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A New Port Richey woman captured an unusual sight on video: An albino raccoon feasting on fruit from a jelly palm tree in her backyard.
The raccoon, which was all white and without any pigment whatsoever, was out in Regina Courtney's backyard when she let her cat and cockatiel out on the patio.
"When I walked outside there he was!" she said. Courtney ran inside the house and grabbed her phone to record it and says he didn't notice her at all. "He just kept eating and when he was done he walked away."
"Albino raccoons are not common," said Gary Morse from Florida Fish and Wildlife. However, they are found throughout North America.
The Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife says you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than seeing an albino raccoon. "Many wildlife biologists around the nation agree that albinism occurs in about one of every 750,000 raccoons. Also, very few survive in the wild as they cannot successfully hide from predators," the division posted on its Facebook page.