Amanda Burton found a critter in her Cleveland County barn that’s so rare you’re more likely to get hit by lighting than to ever see one, according to one outdoors website.
Burton snapped a photo of an albino raccoon and shared it with Observer news partner WBTV, which published the photo on its website Tuesday night.
Albino raccoons are born “with the odds stacked against them,” according to Wide Open Spaces, which mentioned the getting-hit-by-lightning odds of spotting one.
Although furry, they’re born with no camouflage, which makes them easy prey, according to the outdoors website. Predators include cougars, bobcats, coyotes and domestic dogs.
Sightings are so uncommon that they grab headlines when someone takes a picture or video of one.
In September 2016, a woman in New Port Richey, Fla., saw an albino raccoon munching on fruit from a jelly palm tree in her backyard.
As the woman shot video with her cellphone, “he just kept eating, and when he was done, he walked away,” UPI reported.
In September 2015, a homeowner in Valparaiso, Ind., found one snoozing under a tree in her backyard and got it to a local wildlife center, the Times of Northwest Indiana reported. The raccoon might have been grazed by a car, an official at the Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center said at the time, but the raccoon was recovering well.
And in September 2014, a homeowner in Knox County, Tenn., shot footage of an all-white raccoon sniffing about near the homeowner’s pond.
By spotting an albino raccoon, those lucky homeowners beat odds of 1 in 750,000, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, as cited on the outdoors website Outdoorhub.com.
The odds of getting hit by lightning? 1 in 280,000, according to the National Lightning Safety Institute.