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When God Runs out of Paint: 26 Albino Animals

No matter how powerful God seems to be, he sometimes just runs out of paint (melanin), and every time this happens an albino animal is born.

Albinism (from Latin albus, white) is a form of hypopigmentary congenital disorder, characterized by a partial lack or total absence of melanin pigment in the eyes, skin and hair, or more rarely in the eyes alone. Due to this, animals (and humans too) are unusually pale. The eyes of an animal with albinism occasionally appear red because of the underlying retinal blood vessels showing through where there is not enough pigment to cover them.

Albino animals are rare in nature, and a man always had a fascination for these creatures since ancient times. Some cultures considered albinos as sacred animals,while others – as demoniac ones.

It’s up to you to decide whether they’re sacred or demoniac, but I’m sure you will find it very educating to see this list of 26 weird albino animals.

1. Peacock

The growth and development of an animal with albinism is the same as that of a normal individual.

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2. Hedgehog

Only one in ten thousand hedgehogs are born totally white with red eyes.

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3. Crocodile

Albinos are generally as healthy as the rest of their species with normal growth and development as well as capability of reproduction.

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4. Kangaroo

Animals with albinism can sunburn easily from overexposure. Some albino zoo animals are known to be slathered on with sun block to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays.

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5. Squirrel

Survival rate of albino animals may be less than a normal animal of the same species. Their color makes it difficult to hide themselves from enemies..

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6. The Black Bear

No, this is NOT a polar bear..

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7. Gorilla

Snowflake (c. 1964 – November 24, 2003) was an albino gorilla. He was the only known albino gorilla so far (although not the only ape), and the most popular resident of the Barcelona Zoo in Catalonia, Spain. He died of skin cancer ..

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8. Monkey

Albino animals may face problems of vision, making it difficult for them to hunt for food and protect themselves from danger.

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9. Ferret

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10. Beaver

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11. Frog

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12. Rat

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13. Horse

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14. Crab

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15. Crayfish

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16. Fish

Albinism in fish is highly affected by the eggs exposure to heavy metals.

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17. Salamander

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18. Slug

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19. Snake

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20. Monitor

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21. Ladybug

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22. Porcupine

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23. Grasshopper

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24. Moose

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25. Deer

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26. Penguin

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  • weasel

    amazing animals..

  • Dionne

    I thought the albino peacock looked quite spectacular.
    Like your WEB-SITE

  • nicole

    Beautiful photos! #4 is a wallaby, not a kangaroo though! :)

  • Victor

    Number 17 is not a salamander, it’s an axolotl, an amphibian that lives in Mexico, and it’s white by nature.

  • perro linuxero

    nice but what about my cat? :P

  • vero

    @Victor yeah number 17 is an axolotl but they aren’t white by nature. In the wild they tend to be blackish, brown or cream colored. But captive bred axolotls have enhanced the albino trait so they are now very common in captive bred specimens.

  • Becca

    stunning pics! i wonder if #10 is a capybara, not a beaver

  • stormlover

    i was told when i was a child that most creatures or persons that have the albino gene or lack of… i really dont know? anyways are many albino blind or is this a false statement? not that i want to be prejudice but only curios, i assume probably not blind but possibly color blindness could be common? then again who amoung us is really perfect?… lol, certainly not me

  • Katie

    Oh my god they are soooo cute!!! I love the porcupine!

  • Beca

    #10 is a capybara, not a beaver. Great collection, though! :D

  • http://- Peter

    The number 17. animal is NOT a salamander but an Axolotl.

    According to wikipedia:

    “Axolotls should not be confused with waterdogs, the larval stage of the closely related Tiger Salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum and Ambystoma mavortium), which are widespread in much of North America and also occasionally become neotenic, nor with mudpuppies (Necturus spp.), fully-aquatic salamanders which are not closely related to the axolotl but bear a superficial resemblance.”

  • torioreo

    # 13 is not an albino horse, it is actually classified as a White Horse. You can look here just to see what I’m talking about:

  • Phoe

    Actually, #13 isn’t even a white horse. It’s pretty clearly a perlino. A perlino is a bay horse with two copies of the cream gene (one copy means you have a buckskin if the base colour is bay, or a palomino if the base colour is chestnut).

    There are no records of albino horses.

    • Philip Equus

      Thats because the always die before being born. Its a shame, but thats just what happens. Albinism is deadly for horses.

  • Akiba

    Number 17 is not a salamander, it’s an Axolotl -__-

  • Emily

    The peacock above is probably not albino. Peacocks actually have solid white as a color variant. The zoo an hour from where I live has one and he’s produced blue/normal and white offspring. Also, somebody asked about albinism being linked to blindness. Not to my knowledge, although their eyes are often more light sensitive. Often mistaken for albinism is leucism, where the leucistic animal has mostly recessive traits, especially in pigment. Those animals will often be deaf, but not blind.

  • Erin

    One more to add- the beaver isn’t a beaver, and it ALSO isn’t a capybara. It’s a nutria with its tail submerged, a large water rat from South America. They have been introduced in to the Pacific Northwest of the United States (beaver habitat) to supplant the beavers in the fur trade. Of course, their fur is gross, and they breed like crazy and decimate their habitat. Because they share a location with beavers and have very similar habits (as well having as a long tail that, though not flat, can look like a beaver tail from the correct angle) they are often mistaken for beavers.

    Fun Pacific Northwest fact, home of the kermode bear, the nutria, and the beaver.

    This is another albino nutria, for comparison:

  • Colby

    Their are more than 26 Albino Animals. Their are like 28 or 30 maybe even more!!!!!

  • M. Fenzy

    Like the Black bear a African-American or black person (for instance Yellow man, the reggae singer) just look like the next white guy.It’s kind of like being a 6 foot giant, midget.No but really some ancient cultures used to worship albino animals like the snake for example. Or the buffalo to the American Natives. Even in today s culture some still kind of worship the albino, take the Winter’s brothers for example, they have had & still do have quite a following. By the way Edger Winters that has to be a stage name. If not God must have a sense of humor also.

  • Riley

    Number 3 is an alligator, not a crocodile.

    You can tell by the teeth as aligator teeth hang over the lower jaw while crocodile teeth jut over both jaws.

  • Nat

    @Victor: Axolotl’s are a type of salamander. They simply fail to undergo metamorphosis and remain in the neonate (juvenile) form throughout their life even though they sexually mature in it as well; if you expose these animals to iodine it’s possible to make them morph into the “adult” (gill-less) form.

  • Camilian

    The crab is NOT an albino; it is called a Ghost crab or Sand crab; the white coloration is 100% natural :3

  • Nikki

    Probably not blind but they can have vision trouble. And color blind is a different gene that effects the rods and cones (I don’t remember which one) of the eyes… Just because they have no pigment doesn’t mean color blindness is part of it. The albino peacock is amazing!

  • Sarah

    That’s an alligator, not a crocodile.

  • Haflo

    Albino horses do not exist, this horse is a perlino (and might be a cremello, but I’m sure it’s a perlino)
    No albino horse has ever been born into this world as of today.

  • Dexter

    no humans? how about making it 27 and adding a human to the list.

  • Dominic

    Haflo, I agree that it may not be an albino horse, but you can’t say that there has NEVER been an albino horse ever… ever ever.

    • Allison

      Actually there hasn’t been an albino horse. The albino gene is fatal to horses, so there has never been one.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    There is no god.

    Get over it. Evolve.

    • Anitadebord

      I know God, He answers my prayers and has done many many things for me. He is a personal friend. So, I am guessing you have no mother or father, since I know neither one.

      • Shaynay1125

        @a263cfaf30214a1cdfb899949e93018a:disqus You should probably be checked into a mental health clinic if you think “god” really answers your prayers and he is a personal friend. I can garuantee you everything you have prayed over and has happened is due to something someone real did, not “god”. “God” is an imaginary being created by an author writting a fictional story to teach values to children. The story was then taken out of context by men in powerful positions to keep their followers in line.
        And your example of his parents not exsisting because YOU have never met them is irrelavant. Nobody has ever met “god” and been able to prove it without a shadow of a doubt, but many people have met and seen his parents and can prove it. I can firmly conclude from your statement that you are an idiot and will believe anything shoved down your throat.

        • alikrorp225

          First, making a comment (anonymously, how nice for you) that someone should be checked into a mental institution is ridiculous, especially based on her belief that God exists and answers prayers. You have NO idea what people have dealt with in their lives, yet you push everything they believe in into “coincidence.” Second, faith in God is faith, that is, based on a personal experience. It’s not something another person can come along and take apart by writing that they have some kind of “evidence” to the contrary. Unfortunately, you’ve not only not encountered God, you’ve completely pushed the ability away. Then, on top of that, you insult anyone who dares to disagree with you. The person you so rudely replied to did not rudely reply to the first poster. She simply stated her belief. Third, the book you refer to was not written by some random author and then taken out of context. You should do some research. It’s actually a book that has been proven over many, many years of research to be written by people who encountered God(before Christ) and walked, talked, and ministered with God, that is Jesus Christ. Those who wrote the New Testament were there when He performed miracles. They were there when died on the cross and over 500 people witnessed Him alive again. Every one of the men who were with Jesus during His ministry, except for John who was imprisoned for the remainder of his life, were martyred for their beliefs << a FACT — look it up. Many people have claimed that somehow, even with guards all around(also documented in other historical books besides the Bible) that the disciples "stole" Jesus' body from the tomb. However, no one…NO ONE dies for something they KNOW is not true. Sure, people have died believing in cults, ie Jim Jones, but those people who died did not know that Jim Jones was a liar. They believed him. If the disciples stole Jesus' body, as people claim, they would have denied Jesus when they were faced with death, one being crucified upside down on a cross, another being boiled in hot oil alive. There's just no way they would've kept up the charade to the death. Now, IF you've actually come back here and you actually do read through what I've written, there's a pretty good chance you'll call me a lunatic, too. Go for it. I consider it joy when someone puts me down, calls me names, etc. because of my faith in Jesus. Jesus went through the same thing, so it's an honor to go through just a little of what He went through. I've seen Jesus work in ways that are completely unexplainable by any other means. I've experienced Him. I know Him. So blast away if you wish. I will not, after this post, continue to toss pearls before swine. Guess what, though…I get to pray for you and there's not a thing you can do to stop me. :) Have a lovely day.

  • lobie

    #3 is definitely an alligator. not just that, but that specific alligator is claude, who lives at the academy of sciences in san francisco. i worked next to that boring animal for over a year. all he does is hit his face on the plexiglass and lay in his own poop. serious, that alligator lays some massive smelly turds that he apparently doesnt even care if his face is in it.

    • Lindylou

       That’s funny, I’ve got a double dilute horse (not albino) and she is the exact same, she is a very, very pale cream with random green/brown splodges….even on her face.

  • lobie

    oh also, most albinos are most certainly not, “as healthy as the rest of their species with normal growth and development as well as capability of reproduction.” due to the lack of pigment in their eyes, many albinos are highly sensitive to light and cannot see well if at all. also being bright white they are easy targets for predators. and for many, if the predators don’t get them, sunburn will.

  • LostAnimal

    Just because an animal is colored white doesn’t always mean that it is an albino. The rare white peacock is frequently mistaken for an albino when it is in fact a variety of the Spalding Peafowl.

    Same with the white lion and white tiger, their are not albinos; they have a different condition known as leucism, a reduction (not a lack) in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin.

  • Jessica

    We have a White Alligator at our Audubon Zoo here in New Orleans and he’s not Albino. Half of the animals on here aren’t albino and the easiest way you can tell is because albino’s have red eyes. LostAnimal is right

    oh and Lobie….most reptiles do that

  • GOD

    well… you have failed as one of my creations… the creator of this obviously has no idea, because many of them are not albino, as they have pigmentation in their eyes. And to be classified as albino you do no have any pigmentation in the body.

  • Shinichi Kudo

    What about humans?

  • Johnpat5

    you mist a t GOD

  • Eglegiggles

    Horses can not be albino and if they are, they can’t surive more than a few days

  • Nalu194

    10 actually looks like at Capiburra not a beaver and 23 is a Leaf Bug .___.’

  • Albino4lyfe

    Haters gonna hate

  • Anonymous

    The frog is xanthochromatic and a lot of these animals are leucistic. The most obvous example is the ladybug, but you can tell with other animals too. I see many black eyes. The horse, I can also state, is a pearlino.

  • noemi

    you can add Daenerys Stormborn in the list!

  • Philip Equus

    Clearly you dont know anything “scientist”

  • rinoa

    The 17th one, “Salamander”; that’s an axolotl. It’s also not an albino in that picture.

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