Totally white animals are considered to be one in a million. The World in which they live in is so colorful and vivid, but that makes them even more extraordinary. Albino animals are like other animals, they are not ill, or cast out. In fact, their lack of color is what makes them more unique and spectacular to see. Albinism covers a variety of genetic pigmentation disorders. Most of the animals born with albinism are born with white or pink skin of fur, and just like people with albinism, they are completely normal.
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Let us introduce you to some of biggest wonders of nature.
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This giraffe was discovered in Kenya in a herd with more than 20 other giraffes. Her lack of pigment didn’t turn other giraffes against her. She looked happy and healthy while roaming wild African bush. She has something captivating in her look, so much elegance, and grace, you just can't take your eyes off her.
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Most people know that albino mice exist, many of you probably had one as a pet. Their whiteness comes from a loss of one genetic color factor which leads to loss of pigmentation in the skin, coat, and eyes, making their fur white and their eyes red. They are super fun to have around, and they are very easy to maintain. If you had one, you know that they are completely normal, for some of us even more appealing than the regular mice.
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Can you imagine that cute bundle of fur, all in white? This maybe the prettiest animal you have seen in a long time. Koalas are usually gray, and almost always eating eucalyptus. This one was born in 1997 in San Diego zoo. Because of his color, he was named Ghost boy. Science has known about the existence of white koalas, but Ghost boy is the first who is known to science.
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There are only 12 white alligators in the world. They are not albino animals, they are called leucistic animals. That is a genetic condition that reduces the color pigmentation in their skin. They have a little bit of pigment around the mouth and on the tail, and bright blue eyes. For white alligators is hard to survive in the wild, because the white color of their skin doesn't camouflage them. If found, white alligators are rescued and brought to the Gatorland. There they are a big attraction because of their unique appearance.
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In comparison with other animals that we talked about now, white squirrels are more numerous. In fact, they can become white due to albinism, and that squirrels have red eyes and other is white morph which is caused by a different gene. Two different gene mutations create a larger number of white squirrels in comparison to other animals. This is good for predators who hunt squirrels, because they are more visible than the gray squirrels. But in some towns in America, people hunt gray squirrels, and that also contribute to a larger number of white population.
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Probably you heard about white lions, but did you know that they are the same species like regular lions, kings of the jungle. The course for their white fur is a recessive trait that originates from the smaller mutation of the gene who is responsible for albinism. For many years people kept white lions in zoos because they thought that white lions can't survive in their natural habitat, but they were wrong. In past years white lions were reintroduced to the wilderness and they are doing just fine. They can hunt and breed without human help. They again prove that they are true kings of the jungle.
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The first association for a peacock is wonderfully colored feathers, lots of blue, green and different patterns, but the white peacock is as pretty or even prettier than the colored one. In my opinion, he resembles the most of an elegant white swan. White Peacocks are missing one pigment, and they are not albinos, although many people call them that.
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All of this animals are beautiful in their unique way. Some of them are so rare that many people are unaware of their existence. Nature made those animals like this for a reason, and they are deserving of our continuous admiration and care for them.
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