Cattle farmers in Wisconsin received a surprise while checking their fields one day: a snow-white calf.
At first, Tina and Mitch Vanasse thought it was residue from a snowstorm they’d had earlier, but when they approached and it blinked its colorless eyes at them, they knew they had something special on their hands.
The calf’s name is Al (short for Al Bundy) and he’s albino. His fur is white, his eyes aren’t pigmented, his nose is pink and his hooves are white. He sometimes wears special protective eye gear and sunscreen.
Al’s father is a Hereford bull and his mother is a shorthorn. Tina Vanasse did research on albinism in cows, but couldn’t find much information. So she reached out to a professor at the University of Minnesota and he confirmed Al’s condition is not at all common.
“And he said he didn’t have much for statistics but it was very odd or rare … to get that,” Vanasse said.
The farmers say they plan to keep him as part of the family forever.