Blonde/Red Raccoon in the Wild: A Rare Form of Albinism?

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    Blonde or red raccoons are not a common sight in the wild, but they are not necessarily a result of albinism. These raccoons may have a genetic mutation that affects their fur color, which is known as erythrism. Erythrism can cause reddish or blonde fur, and it is caused by a recessive gene that is passed down from the parents. However, it's important to note that raccoons with erythrism may not have the same level of camouflage as their counterparts, making them more vulnerable to predators. If you do encounter a raccoon with unusual coloring in the wild, it's best to observe it from a distance and not disturb its natural habitat. SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Wade's avatar

    That’s a cinnamon coon. They are considered a rare trophy around here

  • Brian's avatar

    Here's a blonde one I caught next to a regular one

  • David's avatar

    Blonde cinnamon red and strawberry all common names for this color. Not a form of albinism but rare to encounter.

  • Bruce's avatar

    I’ve only seen one years ago, it was blonde, pretty rare.

  • Max's avatar

    That’s super cool!

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