'Snowpants' the deer finally caught on camera in Windsor

A Windsor woman's long wait to get a good photo of a deer named Snowpants finally ended Friday, when she spotted him through her kitchen window.
Tammy Dallyn snapped this photo of a deer she calls 'Snowpants,' in Windsor on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. (Facebook)

Looking out her kitchen window on Friday morning, Tammy Dallyn realized she finally had her chance to snap a picture of a deer she calls Snowpants.

The Windsor woman gave the deer this nickname because of his unique look — he has large portions of white fur, including on his rear legs that Dallyn believes resemble a pair of snowpants.

Dallyn had seen Snowpants on a few occasions in the past, but Friday was her best shot at getting a decent picture of him.

"I've been trying to get a picture of him for probably three years," she said in a telephone interview on Friday. "I've got some pretty foggy looking ones, but today I managed to get a great shot."

Dallyn said she last spotted Snowpants in November.

"I always am thinking about him, wondering where he is and he just randomly shows up once in a while," she said.

Tom Preney, a naturalist at the Ojibway Nature Centre, said that Snowpants is considered to be piebald, a term referring to the distinctive contrast of two kinds of colouring in an animal like this deer.

Like Dallyn, he had seen Snowpants a few times in the past.

"It's quite rare to see [a piebald deer] and this deer, it tends to be quite elusive, so not a lot of people get a chance to see it," he told CBC News in a telephone interview on Friday.

"And when people do get a chance to see it, they're really taken [aback] about the coloration of the deer."


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