Given the millions of different shades of color that we see in nature, it’s no wonder that, once in a while, nature might simply run out of paint. Perhaps this is why pure-white animals leave such a strong impression on us. Some of them look like ghostly spirit animals. Others, like albino whales or moose, are lonely one-in-a-million albinos with striking, unexpected appearances.

Albinism (with its root in the Latin word albus, or 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) with albinism 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.

Some of the animals on this list are albinos, while others are simply members of rare white species. Whatever the case, mankind has been fascinated by such animals for ages. Some consider them to be sacred, and others – demonic.

Whether you find them strange, beautiful, ghostly or freakish, we hope you enjoy this collection of animals that nature simply forgot to color in.

1. Albino Hedgehog

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2. Albino Crow

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3. Albino Zebra

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4. Albino Squirrel

Image credits: Badger Steve

5. Albino Kangaroo

Image credits: spen1972

6. Albino Hummingbird

Image credits: Marty Jones

7. Albino Gorilla

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8. Albino Humpback Whale

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9. Albino Alligator

Image credits: Travis S.

10. Albino Deer and Her Fawn

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11. Albino Sparrow

Image credits: dave and sue

Image credits: dave and sue

12. Albino Softshell Turtle

Image credits: Steel Wool

13. Albino Echidna

Image credits: ACT Parks & Conservation Service

14. Albino Magpie

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15. White Tiger

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16. White Kiwi

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17. Albino Skunk

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18. Albino Frog

Image credits: John A. Painter

19. Albino Moose

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20. White Peacock

Image credits: Stefan Willoughby

21. Albino Raccoon

Image credits: Brian Masters

22. Albino Snake

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23. Albino Penguin

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24. Albino Camel

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25. Albino Lion

Image credits: Chad Cocking