December 5, 2022
A nature photographer captured a one-in-a-million yellow cardinal in a photo while in Gainesville, Florida.

A nature photographer captured a one-in-a-million yellow cardinal in a photo while in Gainesville, Florida.

Karen Devens was walking through a wooded area on the University of Florida campus when she saw the bird in late April.

“I’ve seen many cardinals in my life — but apparently not enough,” the South Florida Wildlands Association Facebook post read. “Scientists believe this is a one-in-a-million genetic mutation.”

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Other sightings have been reported in Alabama, Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania in recent years.

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There are only 10 to 12 yellow cardinals in all of North America, according to experts. They have a genetic mutation that causes them to be yellow rather than their classic red. Cardinals live about three years.

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