Rare raccoon spots in the backyard


We have never seen a raccoon like this before.
Animalkind, USA TODAY

Something had been found in the Collierville family of the Tennessee family and hit cushions on the back porch when Alpha Wildlife went to investigate.

The data for a railing and a glass table included rattan-like tail prints, said co-owner of Alpha Wildlife Matthew Caldwell.

Caldwell put two traps on Tuesday and the following Wednesday morning received an amazing message from the client: "Have you ever seen a raccoon albino?"

"I said" not in person, "Caldwell said.

When Caldwell and co-owner David Parrish got their home, they found a white raccoon in a trap and a normal raccoon on the other.

Caldwell estimates the rabbit albino was about three years old and "big enough" – about 25 to 30 pounds.

"It was definitely exciting, I guess you could say," Caldwell said. "Some wildlife biologists say that one in 750,000 raccoons is an albino. I would say that it is quite rare."

They released raccoons in the Meeman-Shelby Forest, one of the Shelby County Wildlife Management (WMA) areas.

"We had a lot of rabbit albino around Shelby Forest WMA in Shelby County," said Amy Spencer, an information and education coordinator for Tennessee's Wildlife Resources resource service.

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