CHANGCHUN, May 20 (Xinhua) -- A rare white roe deer was spotted for the second time in the Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park in northeast China's Jilin Province, the park said Tuesday.
The monitoring and research center of Siberian tigers and Amur leopards of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration said the footage of two wild deer was captured by the park's monitoring system on April 14, which were confirmed by experts as a white female and yellow male.
The park administration said it was the second time the white roe deer was spotted, after it was spotted by the monitoring system on April 5 this year.
Feng Limin, vice director of the research center, said the species is usually yellow, while its white color is due to the genetic disorder of albinism.
White roe deer are exceedingly rare, and they were regarded as national treasures or sacred animals in ancient times in China, according to Feng.
The lastest documentary record of white roe deer appeared in 1981 in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, said Feng.
With the development of the national park in China, the population of endangered animals including Siberian tigers and Amur leopards have been growing due to improved biodiversity protection and restoration measures. Enditem