An 11-year-old boy who was pictured proudly holding a rare albino deer that he shot and killed has reportedly received death threats after images of him with his hunting prize went viral.
As Opposing Views recently reported, Michigan resident Gavin Dingman was hunting with his father Mick last week when they spotted an extremely rare albino deer. Reports say that the family’s entire neighborhood was familiar with the deer before they spotted it during their hunting trip, so when they had the chance to bag it, they went for it.
“The whole neighborhood is familiar with it,” said Mick Dingman of the albino deer. “Quite a few of the guys in the neighborhood were trying to get it.”
When Gavin and his father spotted the deer, the 11-year-old was nervous about making the shot with just a crossbow on his own.
“My dad was just like, 'Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you're not 100 percent, we don't want to injure it.’”
Gavin made the shot and bagged what is considered to be a major trophy kill, but once the story spread on the Internet, the 11-year-old received major backlash.
“I was surprised mainly by the personal attacks on an 11-year-old kid they have no association with,” said Jordan Browne, host of Michigan Out-Of-Doors Television, and one of the first to publicize Gavin’s story. “When you look at his picture, he looks like the sweetest kid.”
Browne claims that Gavin has received support as well as threats against his life for killing the extremely rare animal.
“[There have been] people with polite opinions all the way to death threats and everything in between,” Browne said to the Royal Oak Patch. “There was one comment that someone should shoot that kid with an arrow, and others along those lines. There were a lot of ignorant people blaming and scolding the parents for letting their child hunt, or as they put it, ‘murder’ things.”
Reports say that one out of every 20,000 deer is born albino.