Rare Albino Animals You’ve Probably Never Seen Before
Albino animals are so extraordinary. They are rare as they are beautiful. So, don’t feel too bad if you never saw them in person. They get their exotic look thanks to a low level of melanin pigment. That happens due to a genetic mutation.
This mutation works by creating a sparkling white fur, feathers, and skin. This mutation makes them beautiful to look at, but overall it’s not good for their health. Being all white is a disadvantage in the wild. Check out some of these incredible animals that you may never see again.
1. Albino Alligator
Alligators are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals in the world. Strong movement, big teeth, and scary eyes makes them look terrifying. But, they look entirely opposite when they are completely white, no?
Albino alligator lacks melanin in their skin. Without a proper amount of melanin alligator’s eyes come with milky coloring and dense eyes which look pink. There only 12 of these alligators in the world.
2. Albino Humpback Whale
There is only one albino humpback whale in the world. He is known as Migaloo. First spotted in 1991, Migaloo became an instant sensation. Furthermore, Migaloo is mostly seen in Australia.
This exceptional humpback whale can be seen during the east coast migration season. In the meantime, you can follow his ocean adventures on his website and Twitter account.
3. Albino Zebra
This is one of the rarest animals in the world. They can be found mostly in wild parts of Kenya and Tanzania. Interestingly, they are discovered just a few years ago. More interesting is the fact that they are all the time with non-albino zebras. They are just part of the gang.
Until 2005 we had no idea that they exist. Moreover, we have no idea how many of them are there. Albino zebras live around 25 years. If they don’t get caught in the meantime by a faster predator.
4. Albino Kiwi
The world’s only white Kiwi is simply named – Manukura. She was born at the National Wildlife Centre Pukaha, New Zealand, on 1 May 2011. Ever since people have been mesmerized by this small bird.
Manukura is pure white, which makes her non-albino, but a product of two rare genes. This albino kiwi is the extraordinary progeny of two parents who carry the recessive white feather gene.
5. Albino Wallaby
Wallabies are generally seen in brown or grey color. But, they are occasionally albino or white. The most famous albino wallaby is simply named – Joey.
Joey has a permanent residence at the United Kingdom’s Linton Zoo. It is believed that his mother came from Australia. This grown-up wallaby with white skin and pink eye still tries to squeeze into its mother’s pouch for a little.
6. Albino Raccoon
Raccoons are easy to spot. Even if you don’t want to see them near your home they will find a way to introduce themselves. But how often, in those encounters, you have met a white raccoon? Probably not too often.
Albino raccoons are extremely rare. Unfortunately, they are often killed by predators as soon as they are born. Luckily, you can get to see one of them every day if you just use #raccoonsofinstagram. Sassy is one of the rare alive albino raccoons. Bear in mind that experts don’t recommend keeping raccoons as pets.
7. Albino Gorilla
Snowflake lost his dark-fur family members when a farmer in Equatorial Guinea killed them. He survived because of his unusual color. However, a primatologist bought the gorilla from the farmer and took the animal to the Barcelona Zoo.
Snowflake was loved by the city. He lived in Barcelona Zoo for 40 years. During that time he was given a number of nicknames, but Snowflake stuck. He had a full life with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
8. Screech Owl
It must be difficult for a creature of the night to be so easily spotted. That’s how Luna was spotted. During a one man’s hike. At the time when a hiker was passing by, Luna was fledgling. Rescuers couldn’t find the nest, so they took her to a wildlife center.
This owl does not have albinism, but leucism. This genetic mutation leaves eyes the usual color, while the feathers are a dazzling white. Leucistic birds have a difficult time finding mates and they cannot camouflage themselves. Therefore, they are usually kept in sanctuaries.
9. Albino Peacock
We all know how showy peacock is. After all, it is hard not to be with so many diverse colors and shades. But, what if a peacock appears only in one color? They would be still stunning, actually. But, are they albino 100%?
This phenomenal bird is not a true albino. It’s a leucistic. It means that this peacock has less pigment than a regular peacock. Albinos have no pigment. The bird’s eyes are not red, which would be the case if the peacock were a true albino.
10. Albino Caribou
Although it seems like Patronum directly from Harry Potter movies, this is a real and living animal. Albino Caribou allows being seen only in remote areas of the Alaskan wilderness.
However, all-white reindeer was recently spotted roaming Malå, Sweden in early September. So, how did this white animal came from Alaskian wilderness to European forests?
11. Albino Sea Turtles
So many wonders beneath the horizon. And albino sea turtle is just one of a many. White turtles seem so fragile, creamy and adorable, above everything else. But, they are so rare that they are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
This Albino Slider’s are so limited that they’he only been photographed a few times. They are mostly seen swimming in the ocean’s depths or scurrying from their nest to the ocean. No matter how deep they go, you still get to see them.
12. Albino Raven
Traditionally, ravens are seen as dark blackbirds. So, when you run on an all-white raven you can be considered to be lucky, as these kind of creatures are more mythology than reality. Currently, the most famous white raven is named Pearl.
Pearl is one of four known albino Ravens in the entire world. It seems that they don’t live as long as their dark-feather cousins. Moreover, only 3 or 4 of them are born each year.
13. Albino Koala
The first albino koala known to the world was born in the San Diego Zoo, back in 1997. This koala was named Onya-Birri. In the Aborigine language, it means ‘ghost boy’. He spent the first 6 months of his life in his mother’s pouch.
Onya-Birri was the first one to be known to science. Recently, Australian Zoo got a new family member – baby koala with brown eyes.
14. Albino Penguin
A snowy environment is a great place for albino animals to hide. Therefore, you’d think albino penguins would be more common. However, that’s not the case, and only a few of them were seen, including Snowdrop.
Snowdrop was one of the few albinos to reach its adulthood. This rare penguin was born at the Bristol Zoo in England. He was immediately accepted by his clutchmates. Unfortunately, he lived for just a few years and died in August 2004.
15. Albino Giraffes
Seeing giraffes in the wilderness is one of the most thrilling moments that one can experience. And if they are white, you are about to see a spectacle. Therefore, just the fact that there are a white mother and white calf is amazing.
They are based in Kenya and under protection. However, they are leucistic. That’s the main reason why the baby has a little coloring left on its neck.
16. Albino Kangaroo
It seems that Australia is fond of amazing albino animals. Therefore, no wonder that their national animal comes all white from time to time. Wildlife park in Australia holds an albino kangaroo.
Experts believe that the main reason for the growing appearance of white kangaroos lies in the long-term effect of the dingo fence. White kangaroos are mostly seen in western New South Wales.
17. Albino Donkeys
There is not one, but hundreds of miniature albino donkeys near Sardinia, Italy. This ‘Donkey Island’ is home to a hundred wild white donkeys.
The island of Asinara got its national park status where these animals can roam free. It seems that these rare albino animals prove to us that you don’t need color to look spectacular.