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Biology, Strange

Super Rare White Non-Albino Animals

Rumors of an unusual pair of white giraffes, a mother and child, near the Ishaqbini conservation in Kenya were verified as true in August of 2017. The pair’s unique appearance was likely caused by Leucism, a genetic mutation which inhibits melanin and other pigments from being deposited in an animal’s feathers, hair or skin. Leucism differs from albinism where pigment is missing from the eyes as well.

Rumours had circulated of a white giraffe and her baby in the local area of the Ishaqbini conservation, in Garissa County, Kenya, but rangers finally got to see the real thing after a tip off in June, this year.

The group of giraffes appeared calm as the Rangers got closer and seemed undeterred by their presence.

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A white female and baby giraffe were first spotted on a reserve in Kenya in early August [2017] by rangers at the Hirola Conservation Program. 

While many have been quick to label the giraffe as albino, it likely suffers from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits skin cells from producing pigment but allows other organs, like eyes, to be dark colored. Albinism, a congenital condition, inhibits the body from producing pigment in all organs, and animals with this condition often have pink eyes.

Read more NatGeo

The condition appears in many types of animals. Below are a few amazing examples of animals with leucism.

If they were albino animals, their eyes would not have the pigment they do. The leucism may also be partial, as it is in this peacock:

Some of the best times I‘ve spent in this life have consisted of my being amazed by something totally new (to me) in nature.


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One thought on “Super Rare White Non-Albino Animals

  1. I’m getting white hair, does that count?

    Posted by Morgan Player | 15 May 2019, 7:29 am

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