'Turkey of a lifetime': Tennessee hunter kills bizarre albino turkey




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  • 2019-04-14 18:00:14Z
  • By USA TODAY
Leucism, which is a loss of pigmentation, in birds is a genetic abnormality.
Leucism, which is a loss of pigmentation, in birds is a genetic abnormality.  

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's being called the "turkey of a lifetime" by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

That's how officials described a rare leucistic gobbler killed by a hunter in Rutherford County last week.

Cameron Bond of Warren County shot the unusual bird on April 6.

Leucism in birds, according to the wildlife resources agency, is a loss of pigmentation. It is a genetic abnormality.

The beard on the turkey Bond killed was dark, and the back feathers still held some color.

Bond said the turkey weighed 20 pounds. It's beard measured 9½ inches and its spurs were three-quarters of an inch.

Spring turkey hunting season in Tennessee opened March 31 and continues through May 1.

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This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: 'Turkey of a lifetime': Tennessee hunter kills bizarre albino turkey

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