Extraordinary-looking animals: white giraffes filmed for the first time in human history

There are a large number of genetic anomalies known to date throughout the world which result in a particularity in the appearance of the affected subjects. However, what you probably don’t know is that these exceptional cases also affect the animal kingdom.

However, it is an animal with a very special characteristic that we were able to photograph for the first time.

Extraordinary-looking animals: white giraffes filmed for the first time in human history

Ecology specialists have for the first time in history been able to record 2 giraffes affected by leukemia. The white color of their skin was notably linked to their genetic condition, which hinders the pigmentation of the cells of the epidermis.

Unlike animals with albinism syndrome, which have a complete absence of melanin, resulting in reddened eyes from viewing the lower veins, leukemic animals have only a partial deficiency of several types. of pigments, which manifests itself as white or uneven coloring.

This is why giraffes, for example, have a whitish color or slightly distinct colored spots on their bodies. Their coat is white or simply light-colored, while their eyes are a completely normal color, with the pigment cells developing distinctly from those in the skin.

Extraordinary-looking animals: white giraffes filmed for the first time in human history

However, an arrangement of this type can also have disadvantages, as the bright colors and lack of camouflage can lead to the appearance of predators. This is why animals with white coats are almost unobservable in the wild. Obviously, their color makes them extremely easy to spot.

Extraordinary-looking animals: white giraffes filmed for the first time in human history

Despite all this, two rare white leukemic giraffes have been recorded in Kenya. The video shows the adult giraffe and her baby, both white, strolling in the Ishaqbini_Hirola nature reserve, in Kenya’s Garissa department.

The marks are still barely visible on the baby’s skin, but they will gradually become lighter with adulthood.

 

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