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Italian park rangers document existence of rare albino mountain goat

Updated: June 28, 2007, 1:50 PM ET
Associated Press

MILAN, Italy — Forest rangers in the northern Italian Alps have confirmed for the first time the existence of an albino mountain goat — and named him "Snowflake.''

Rangers took photos of the albino capra ibex climbing with its mother Sunday at about 10,000 feet above the Les Laures valley in the northwestern Val d'Aosta region, said Christian Chioso, a regional wildlife official.

"This is the only one ever documented, the only one ever seen,'' Chioso said by telephone ...

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