The Coolest Albino Animals

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Holland, Contributor

#1 Turtle

Albino sea turtle photo credit: Landoffacts flickr

The Albino turtle is very rare and the most recent hatch was February 6, 2016. These turtles are extremely rare, 1 in 10,000 rare, but most don’t survive. They are white and have  pink under their flippers.  They have red eyes, which means they don’t have any pigment in their eyes.

#2 Penguin

Snowflake the penguin, albino penguin photo credit: Jammach _ uk Flickr

The albino penguin is also rare and is from a mutation that causes their feathers to be white.

#3 Wolf

Albino wolf photo credit: Lobo-do-ártico

While few wolf albinos survive in the wild, many fare much better in captivity. Due to their genetic abnormality, they are often prized as research subjects. Their abnormal coats also make them the target of some hunters.

#4 Peacock

Albino Peacock photo credit: White peacock scone palace.JPG

White peacocks are actually not albinos. Albino animals and birds have a complete lack of color and red or pink eyes. White peafowl have blue eyes. The white color appears in other domestically bred peafowl but in different quantities. Chicks are born yellow and become white as they mature.

#5 lion

Albino lion photo credit: ml.bldaily.com

 

White lions are not albinos. Their white color is caused by a trait derived from a less-severe mutation in the same gene that causes albinism, distinct from the gene responsible for white tigers.  They vary from blonde to near-white. This coloration does not appear to pose a disadvantage to their survival.

 

#6 zebra

Albino zebra photo credit: Hyeji.m.jun Flickr

It’s easy to see why albino zebras are sometimes called golden zebras. Albino zebras can range in color from this tan shade to almost completely white, but they always retain a faint stripe pattern. And on the dry, dusty plains, this coloring may actually help them blend in more with the environment.