The White Deer.

Town Mascot Arsons Hunted After Albino Deer Torched

Garner, North Carolina's "White Deer" was set on fire by unknown criminals at 4 am Friday, June 10, according to local news accounts. The stuffed albino doe was a town mascot that became even more beloved after her death from an automobile encounter in 2001. Only last week the dedication was held for a new building, called the "Little Storytelling House," where the White Deer was installed for public enjoyment at Lake Benson Park.

The vandals pulled the animal out of the "Little Storytelling House," placed straw underneath, and set the White Deer ablaze. Townspeople have already raised $1,500 offered as a reward to capture the White Deer arsons. There is also talk of attempting to restore the deer hide, which was principally damaged on one side.... [Update: The White Deer has been repaired and is back on display]

Update - July 15, 2005: The deer has been repaired by a taxidermist and is back in its building, which is equipped with motion detectors and perimeter lights to discourage albino deer molesters. [Thanks to Dean Jeffrey for the tip]

[06/10/2005]

White Deer Park

Address:
2400 Aversboro Rd., Garner, NC
Directions:
Nature Center, White Deer Park. South of town. Timber Drive to Aversboro Rd, then south for nearly a mile. The park is on the left. Once you enter, bear left to the Nature Center. The deer is in a glass case in its outside wall.
Hours:
Gate open Apr-Sep Tu-Sa 10-7, Oct-Mar Tu-Sa 12-5 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
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