NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) – An extremely rare albino raccoon was captured in Tennessee this week when trappers responded to a Memphis resident's home.
Alpha Wildlife, a company that specializes in animal trapping, prevention and repairs, responded to a Collierville home to remove raccoons.
Co-owner Matt Caldwell says he was ready for the first raccoon trapped and removed but the second one was a surprise.
"I was excited and taken aback at the same time," Caldwell said. "I've seen pictures online but never in person."
That's because it was a rare albino raccoon. Caldwell says biologists tell him finding an albino raccoon is a 1 in 750,000 chance. Caldwell and co-owner David Parrish took the raccoon to Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, which is protocol when releasing animals.
To put the rarity in perspective, the odds of being struck by lighting in your lifetime is 1 in 14,600, according to the National Weather Service.