A.lb.in.is.m is an umbrella term that covers a variety of genetic pigmentation d.is.o.rd.ers. Most creatures born with a.lb.in.is.m are born with white or pink skin and fur, and some (not all) have reddish or violet eyes as well. A.lb.in.is.m in animals is associated with p.o.o.r eyesight and a higher susceptibility to skin c.a.n.ce.rs, but such cute animals and people are otherwise no different from their peers. Besides, L.eu.c.is.m is a similar condition that can affect a wider array of pigments than a.lb.in.is.m does.
So do you want to take a closer look? Because these rare a̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ animals will amaze you…
1. Bertie the a̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ peacock
Bertie, who is an all-white peacock, keeps spooking the locals as he wanders the tiny village of Handcross in West Su.ss.e.x on the hunt for a girlfriend.
Every year, during peacock m.at.ing season, Bertie makes the mile-long pilgrimage from his home to a neighbouring village – where he goes from house-to-house in a bid to find love.
Bertie hopes to attract a m.at.e by fanning his beautiful white feathers and dancing, despite there being no peahens with miles of Handcross.
2. A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ elephants
Are a̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ elephants rare? Depends on where in the world you’re looking. Asian a̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ elephants are relatively common, but in Africa, it’s a much more surprising sight. However, Dr. Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders remarked on these rare creatures’ ability to adapt and survive: “Already the two-to-three-month-old calf seems to be walking in the shade of its mother. This behaviour suggests it is aware of its su.sce.pti.bility to the h.a.r.sh African sun, and adapted a unique behaviour to improve its chances of survival”.
3. A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ squirrel
A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ squirrels are rare. So when some American cities have found them, they’ve staked their claim to them. Both Olney, Illinois, and Marionville, Missouri, call themselves “Home of the White Squirrels.” Olney’s police department has images of the creatures affixed to their uniforms. Marionville’s town historian asserts they’ve been there since the 1800s.
4. A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ dolphin
A rare pink bottlenose dolphin in a Louisiana lake. The a̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ dolphin has been making a splash with locals and visitors to the area since it was first spotted in 2008.
5. A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ bat
Biologists Hernani Oliveira and Ludmilla Aguiar took this unique photograph of the first known a̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ specimen of a hoary bat. The researchers ca.ptured the adult male bat with a mist n.e.t in a gallery forest at the Águas Emendadas Ecological Station in the Federal District of Brazil.
6. A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ turkey vulture
A rare a̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ turkey vulture. Turkey vultures are normally a deep brown color. A.lb.in.is.m can be d.e.adly for birds – m̼e̼l̼a̼n̼i̼n̼ is part of their feather structure, and a̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ animals lack m̼e̼l̼a̼n̼i̼n̼, which can mean weak feathers. A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ birds are also often targets for pr.eda.tors and may be rejected by others of their species.
7. A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ turtle
This rare yellow turtle rescued by villagers in eastern India has been handed over to scientists who will study the extremely rare reptile.
8. A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ reindeer
A rare white reindeer has been spotted on the edge of a forest in Sweden. This rare creature, which is the result of a genetic m.u.ta.ti.on, are found in Norway, Sweden and Finland
9. A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ alligators
These a̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ alligators are very rare because, when young in the wild, they’re more obvious to pr.eda.tors. Plus, white alligators can’t bask in the sun like normal alligators — a necessary behavior for cold-b.lo.oded reptiles — because they’re su.sc.ep.tible to su.nb.u.rns.
10. A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ Python
The A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ Burmese Python is native to southern and southeastern Asia. They are found in tropic and subtropical areas, usually in trees and often near water and seem to be a semi-aquatic species. Burmese Pythons are usually dark colored snakes with many brown blotches bordered in black down the back. The A̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼ variation is considered a color m.u.ta.ti.on and growing in popularity with hobbyist. The a̼l̼b̼i̼n̼o̼s are white with patterns in butterscotch yellow and b.urnt orange. This is an impressive snake, reaching lengths of 12 – 19 feet.