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.
The growth and development of an animal with albinism is the same as that of a normal individual.
Only one in ten thousand hedgehogs are born totally white with red eyes.
Albinos are generally as healthy as the rest of their species with normal growth and development as well as capability of reproduction.
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.
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..
6. The Black Bear
No, this is NOT a polar bear..
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 ..
Albino animals may face problems of vision, making it difficult for them to hunt for food and protect themselves from danger.
Albinism in fish is highly affected by the eggs exposure to heavy metals.