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13 Odd-looking and Rarely Seen Albino Animals on Earth

Published by CHAN LEE PENG in Science
July 28th, 2008

Albino individuals always quickly capture our attention as they look rare and odd from the normal appearance they should be. They could be astonishingly all white or partially white in their appearances. Nonetheless, they deserve the real mystery and wondrous of the beauty of their world.

Albino disease is a type of skin melanoma which turns animals and even humans in white instead of their normal coloration. Though albino disease is rare, it can common enough to occur either in humans or animals. Due to the lack of the cells that produce melanin giving normal coloration in the scales, hair, skins, nails or eyes, albino animals or humans are always appear white or pink, or some may even have a bleached look. Their eyes are always appeared in light blue or green as the light passes through their iris. Pure albino has pink eyes, scales, skins and nails because the blood vessels at the back of their eyes can be seen within the discoloration surface.

Albino is identified to be inherited genetically from parents to offspring which is commonly caused by the result of a specific combination of genes transmitted through generations. When there are only recessive genes occur, while the genes for normal pigmentation are not identifiable, the albinism is more likely to occur in either animals or humans.

Scientists concluded that in humans, about 1 in every 70 persons is albino individuals, and approximately 1 in every 20,000 humans is albino victims. Meanwhile, 300 species of animals are identified as albino individuals in North America. Turtles, catfish, frogs, snakes, bluebirds, deer, raccoons and salamander have been identified as albino individuals in Missouri. White squirrels are found dominated in Marionville. Some researchers have confirmed that the occurrence of albinism is found dominance in 17 out of 30,000 bird species.

Despite of the lack of pigmentation, albino animals have difficulty while searching for food. They are also facing problem to avoid danger. They could not escape themselves from being captured by their predators as they have bad vision to detect the existence of their enemies. Albinism also affects them to attract mates. Some species of female songbirds are picky about the appearance of their males that they wish to choose for their mating purposes. Because of this reason, these albino animals have a disadvantage in their competitive survival surrounding.

Though these albino animals may appear to be unattractive, dull, rare and odd-looking, they should deserve a respectable status. Because they are rare and lack of color, in my opinion, they are beauty in their sacred nature. Indeed, they stand out to be the most striking animals for their appearance which quickly capture our attention, compassion, benevolence and imagination. Therefore, these animals should be protected by stricken local regulations to avoid them from being threatened and slaughtered.

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  1. IcyCucky
    Posted July 28, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Wow, this is amazing…

  2. diane mccloskey
    Posted July 28, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    very cool photos, thanks!

  3. Judy Sheldon
    Posted July 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I have seen albinos, but not like these. Great job.

    Thanks & take care.

  4. Darlene McFarlane
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 8:21 am

    A very interesting write up, Chan. I have seen some of these before but never saw the albino camel, hedgehog, or squirrel.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. ratinator64 (reyeads) on triond
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 10:18 am

    yeah that was very interesting thanks entertaining

  6. Lostash
    Posted July 29, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Another splendid piece!

  7. jamuna advani
    Posted July 31, 2008 at 1:10 am

    wonderful collection of pictures. Awesome.

  8. nobert soloria bermosa
    Posted August 1, 2008 at 8:29 am

    nice collection of albino animals,thanks

  9. gihan
    Posted August 15, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    cool :D

  10. cindy hawkins legorreta
    Posted November 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    how wonderful to see these odd, but strangely beautiful creatures. my fave? probably the little koala!

  11. Tsukiyo
    Posted January 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    The peacock is not albino, it’s just white. And personally, I find the white ones more beautiful than the more commonly colored ones.

  12. Ricky
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 8:14 am

    These pics are FANTASTIC!!!!
    I have never seen anything like it!

  13. poisonivy
    Posted December 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    this is a cool website.

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