Most people aren’t aware that animals can actually be albino, and that it’s not just limited to the human race. Did you know that every animal out there that makes melanin can potentially be albino? Unlike with humans though, animals who suffer from albinism in the wild typically do not survive long. “Their rate of survival is virtually zero. Predators easily pick them out of a group. Families and social groups can exclude them because to every other member, they look foreign,” says Chad Staples who is the curator at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside, Australia. Here are 16 pictures of albino animals, and let me just warn you, they are adorable.
10. Albino Deer
11. Albino Grasshopper
14. Albino Squirrel
16. Albino Zebra
Did you know that there are at least 300 species in North America that have at least one reported case of albinism? They believe that albinism happens one out of every 10,000 mammal births. They have found that it tends to be more common in birds, with one in every 1,764 bird births having a case of albinism. Because albinism is so rare in the animal kingdom, these animals are very prized. Hunters set their sites on these rare animals, and collectors of animals try to bring them in as very expensive and rare pets. Recently in Missouri, they’ve seen an increase in white squirrels who have partial albinism. Locals have taken it upon themselves to protect these animals from both hunters and predators alike.
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