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) in animals 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. This rare genetic disorder results in animals (and humans) that are unusually pale. Albino eyes also appear red because the underlying retinal blood vessels show through where there isn’t enough pigment to cover them. Albino animals can reproduce, despite popular belief, and laboratory rats bred in captivity are some of the best examples of this.
However, albino animals are rare in nature, and man has always had a fascination for these unusual animals since ancient times. The symbolic meaning of albinos varied in different cultures: some considered these white animals as sacred, while others, as demonic.
It’s up to you to decide whether these beautiful animals are sacred or demoniac, but I’m sure you will find it very educational to see this list of 26 albino animals. There are even a few famous albinos here too, like Snowflake the gorilla and Snowdrop the penguin. Cute names! Surely these critters don’t fall into the ‘evil albino’ stereotype that we see so often.
Check out part two for more albino animals!
1. Albino Peacock
The growth and development of an animal with albinism are the same as that of a normal individual.
2. Cute Albino Hedgehog
Only one in ten thousand hedgehogs are born totally white with red eyes.
3. Albino Crocodile
Albinos are generally as healthy as the rest of their species with normal growth and development as well as the capability of reproduction. Although not pictured here, Claude the albino alligator is another example of an albino reptile.
4. Albino Kangaroo
These rare animals with albinism can sunburn easily from overexposure. Some albino zoo animals are known to be slathered on with sunblock to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays.
5. Albino Squirrel
The survival rate of albino animals may be less than a normal animal of the same species. Their white coat makes it difficult to hide from enemies. This squirrel looks similar to the common albino laboratory rat.
6. The Spirit Bear
No, this is NOT a polar bear. The Kermode bear, also known as a spirit bear, lives in the central and northern regions of British Columbia, Canada.
7. Snowflake The Albino 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. Sadly, he died of skin cancer as a result of being unprotected from the UV light of the sun.
8. Albino Monkey
Albino animals may face problems of vision, making it difficult for them to hunt for food and protect themselves from danger.
9. Albino Ferret
10. Albino Capybara
11. Uniquely Yellow Albino Frog
12. Laboratory Rat
13. Albino Horse
14. A Crab With Albinism
15. Albino Crayfish
16. Albino Catfish
Albinism in fish is highly affected by the eggs exposure to heavy metals.
17. The Axolotl
18. White Slug
19. Albino Snake
20. Monitor Lizard With Albinism
21. Pale Ladybug
22. Albino Porcupine
23. White Grasshopper
24. Albino Moose In The Wild
25. White Deer With Albinism
26. Snowflake The Albino Penguin
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