Albino Deer, Humans Practice Social Distancing At Kensington Metropark

WWJ News
March 26, 2020 - 4:06 pm

(WWJ) Spotted at Kensington Metropark this week: the famed albino deer, and some stir-crazy humans.

WWJ's Mike Campbell this week snapped a photo of the elusive white doe, which is spotted along with her offspring at the park, in Milford, on Wednesday. 

Albino deer are uncommon, but the specifics of their rareness are unknown. According to wildlife officials, this deer was born in Kensington in 2017. [CLICK HERE to see more photos of the albino deer>.

Campbell joked in a tweet that he and the a-typical ungulate were "practicing social distancing" — which is what Huron Clinton Metroparks is asking everyone to do. 

Even with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order in effect through April 13, Michiganders are still encouraged to — while keeping at least six feet apart — enjoy some time outdoors.

If you’re looking for things you and your family can do over the next few weeks, across the 13 Metroparks properties you can walk, bike or hike a variety of trails, paddle the rivers or just sit back and enjoy nature as spring returns.

"After all, the experts tell us it’s okay to be outdoors while social distancing. And we’ve long known the positive physical and mental health benefits of outdoor exercise and recreation," reads a message posted by the parks system. 

Another way to practice social distancing while getting out of the house is by simply taking a drive through the parks. 

George Fox of Brighton said Kensington was packed when he took his kids there on Wednesday.

"It was way more people than you would see on like an average weekday; it was more like a middle of the summer weekend day," Fox said. "It was everyone, from seniors to families, people with strollers...everybody was out there."

But were people keeping their social distance?

"I would say it was a mix. I saw some small groups," Fox said. "We were able to get to an area where there was nobody. It's a big park, so it's hard not to find an area without people."

Although all programming is canceled, and the Metroparks interpretive centers closed, all of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks remain open. Admission to the Metroparks is free Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 2. Learn about COVID-19 precautions being taken by the Metroparks, HERE.