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Albino Animals: Beauty In Individuality

We always appreciate the unique beauty of each individual animal, but there are some animals that have an extra dose of uniqueness, albinos! What is albinism you may ask? Albinism is an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the fur, skin, and or eyes. What causes Albinism? A defect in one of several genes that produce or distribute melanin. This condition is super rare!

These albino beauties do not let there condition prevent them from living their lives to the absolute maximum! Though albinism is considered a genetic disorder, there is something strikingly beautiful about this condition. Enjoy these awwdorable sweethearts from all over the animal kingdom. We will not allow their condition to stand in the way of their appreciation and neither should you!

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Rare Yellow Turtle That Looks Like Melted Cheese Spikes Twitter Interest

Turtles are adorable. And they come in many different colors and sizes, anywhere from the enormous leatherback sea turtle to the smallest turtle in the world that is only 3 inches long. They are also stunning, coming in many, many different colors. One of the rarest (and funniest-looking) turtles out there is the bright yellow turtle, and it just went viral on twitter

This turtle has only ever been spotted twice, the second time just a few days ago, and the internet is having a world of fun with it. As reported by cnet, according to a wildlife biologist, "the rare yellow color of the turtle may be due to the lack of a pigment called tyrosine present in high amounts in reptiles. A genetic mutation or possible congenital disorder is likely responsible for the lack of tyrosine." 

Regardless of the reason though, we're glad that the little guy was rescued, and the internet sure is having fun with this yellow turtle, comparing it to cheese, to egg yolks, to moon pie cookies, to Mario Cart characters and more. Check out some of the most fun comparisons below! 

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Australia's Favorite Rare White Humpback Spotted Off New South Wales Coast

Migaloo, is a completely all-white humpback whale and is said to be the very first completely white humpback whale. Scientists are still unsure if Migaloo is albino or leucistic, which means he is unable to "produce pigment but has colored eyes."

The name Migaloo itself means "whitefella" in a few indigenous languages. 

Migaloo was first spotted in 1991, around Hervey Bay and has been monitored by scientists ever since. Due to Migaloo being too well-known and so rare, special protections have been implemented to ensure nothing happens to Australia's favorite humpback. Whale watchers have to keep at least a five-hundred meter distance or face the penalty. A penalty of a fine up to $16,500.

Yikes. They aren't messing around and honestly, that's a great thing. 

A tweet predicted a Migaloo sighting that he would be by Sydney soon and even possibly reach Cape Byron around Wednesday. 

If you're in Australia, be on the lookout for the rare sighting! Though, Dr. Pirotta, Macquarie University Marine Scientist, says, "Migaloo is one of around 40,000 humpback whales so essentially it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. So when people see or may have seen this individual people get really excited and start to try and predict his movements."

"Migaloo is like the rock star for the ocean world because he's showing that we should care about the ocean. But also remembering that because he's so famous we need to be aware of our actions on the water," Dr. Pirotta added.

Seems like Australia reigns up top when it comes to rare sea life

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Albino Ferret Enters Woman's Home And Turns It Into a B&B

Jessica (Imgur user bimbumbim) woke up to the sound of the doggy door opening and closing. All of her dogs were with her in bed. The living creature who entered through the doggy door was certainly a surprise, especially given that it was nighttime. Here is her story. 


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Since being found stressed, dehydrated and caged in a small village in Borneo, 5-year-old orphan Alba is learning how to pick up the pieces while trying to make new friends. Watch his fascinating story. 

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Truck Driver Rescues A Rare Albino Fawn From The Middle Of The Road

A truck driver was driving through the rice fields of Yolo County, Sacramento, when he came across a white mound in the middle of the road. Quickly swerving to avoid hitting it, he continued on for a split second until he saw another truck behind him swerve as well. The truck driver decided to turn around and investigate but was confused as to what the white mound was, upon closer inspection.  

As first, he thought it was a lamb or maybe some type of goat, but he heard it mew, like a cat. He called up Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue center and sent the center's President, Diane Nicholas, a photo of the animal. 

Nicholas told LA Times, "He said, 'I don't know what I've got, I said, 'Oh, my gosh, that's an albino fawn!'"

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Never-Before-Seen Albino Panda Has Been Discovered In the Mountains Of China

According to China Daily, the infrared camera captured the incredibly rare footage of a fully albino panda in the mountains of China's Wolong National Nature Reserve. The images were released to the public this past Saturday and researchers say it is the very first time an entirely while panda has ever been identified. 

Li Sheng, of Peking University, told Xinhua news agency, the never-before-seen albino panda seems to be at most 2 years old. "Judging from the photo, the panda is physically strong and taking steady steps, suggesting the gene mutation is not affecting its normal life."

And being albino, the bear might be more sensitive to the sun but in no way should affect its ability to reproduce. If it were to reproduce, however, the offspring would only inherit the albinism if both parents carried the gene, as it is a recessive trait. In a 2014 census, it was revealed that roughly 1800 giant pandas are left in this world, according to the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), marking their status has "vulnerable". 

Officials say that they will attempt to continue track of the bear by installing more motion cameras. 

And while experts knew albinism occurred in pandas, this is the very first time it's been captured on camera! Check out the image below! 



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Baby Albino Turtle Born With Her Heart Beating Outside of Her Shell Survived Against All Odds

According to Caters New Agency, the albino pinkbelly sideneck turtle was born with her heart exposed. In humans, this condition is called ectopia cordis, but in veterinary medicine there is no name for the life-threatening genetic defect. Even with her heart beating outside of her shell, the baby turtle, named Hope, has defied the odds and survived. Hope lives with her owner Michael Aquilina in New Jersey. Aquilina, known as AquaMike on Instagram, was given the turtle by a friend who felt Aquilina had the passion and experience to give Hope the longest, happiest life possible. The little turtle arrived at Aquilina's home in November 2018 and continues to grow stronger with each passing day. 

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So not only are they adorable lion cubs, but they are also extremely rare. White lions are a genetic variety that is so rare, and so contentious, that it is illegal to breed them, for fear of passing down major genetic defects that have been seen in previous attempts. White lions are also even rarer to see as adults. Of a group of 19 that were bred in Italy, only 1 survived past the first month, and it had severe mental and physical maladies. So we will hope these cubs may buck the trend, because despite their beauty, their background is a bit sadder. If you are interested in even more fascinating lion facts, this will definitely give you your fill for the day.

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Meet Alby, the first ever albino Green turtle we have come across  in our 9 years of turtle monitoring. Alby was born at...

Posted by Coolum District Coast Care Group on Sunday, February 7, 2016

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This video was taken from a drone flying around the ocean off the coast of Western Australia. The whales seen here are southern right whales and it is very rare to see an albino whale of this species.