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This specimen of Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) is also albino, splashing in the waters in front of Brazil, reached in search of warm currents from the Antarctic.

This genetic defect causes the complete absence of colors in the body. It is a "recessive" defect, which is manifested whether both forms of genes (alleles) present in the cells are defective. Albinism produces the lack of all pigments and in particular of melanin, the substance that determines the dark color of skin, hair and mucous membranes.

This baby tiger is white due to a gene. The so-called "white coat gene". And its color has nothing to do with albinism. The rare albino tigers have no black stripes, they are completely white with red eyes. While a single specimen, for now, has been found red (mantle and red stripes) in 1928 and is now preserved embalmed at the British Museum in London. The child of the photo was abandoned by his mother at birth and initially refused artificial feeding: he had recently begun to eat. But he was still lucky, sometimes tiger mothers can become very cruel to their young.

Had he been born in conditions of freedom in his natural habitat, in Australia, being albino would have caused him many problems of survival. Instead having been born in a Wildlife Park near Bergamo (in Valbrembo), it has become a real attraction.

This Bennet kangaroo puppy (Wallabia rufrogrisea) was called Pino and will remain up to six months old in the maternal marsupial sac, waiting for it to finish developing and to be able to jump. It often happens that the albino animals make the fortune of the zoos and parks that host them: the most famous case was perhaps that of Copito de nieve, (Snowflake) the white gorilla who died in 2003, after having lived for 37 years in the Barcelona Zoo, where he had spawned a lineage of 22 children and 7 grandchildren.

According to an urban legend in vogue some time ago, in the sewers of New York a specimen similar to this could be circumvented. But much bigger. This small albino alligator is actually found in the San Paolo aquarium, in Brazil. And among the few known specimens - just a few dozen across the planet - nobody lives in the sewers or the subway of the US city.
The life of albino crocodiles is not at all easy. Unlike all the others, who manage to camouflage themselves thanks to the dark color similar to mud, albinos "puppies" are more easily identified by predators. Including men too.

"No shout in my ears!" So it seems that this man, guardian of the Nicaraguan National Zoo, tells his ape friend. This albino specimen of howler scimma (Aluoatta palliata) - called Nieve - has the habit like its peers of screaming at certain times of the day. Especially at dawn, at sunset and before thunderstorms. The vocation is due to a large larynx and a special bone that supports the tongue. During the courtship, however, the voice is not used: usually the females make the tongue "snap" rhythmically to conquer the partner. If the male accepts, he moves the tongue in the same way and in a short time the coupling happens, which does not last of 20-60 seconds.

About urban legends …

If this picture happened to you, perhaps attached to an e-mail, and you wondered if it's just another photomontage, then the mystery is revealed. The Snopes.com site, which has always been a reference in the field of urban legends and buffaloes, confirms first and foremost the veracity of the image. It would indeed be a photo taken in an Indian reservation near Manitoba (Canada): mother and son (probably albino) roamed near the shores of Lake Winnipegosis.
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Sometimes you pay a high price for beauty. The white lions (Panthera leo krugeri) are well aware of this, and because of their magnificent white fur they are unable to blend well with the bushes of the savannah. A real treat for the prey, who immediately sight them and have time to save themselves. And goodbye lunch.

That is why it is so difficult to meet one of these wild cats. The few still at liberty are in a nature reserve in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, but most - around 200 specimens - live in captivity (like these three puppies artificially fed at the zoo of Schloss-Holte Stukenbrock, in Germany). Contrary to what one might think, the cause of this curious pigmentation is not albinism, but a recessive gene that inhibits color: the same one that turns the mantle of some tigers white.

Their sisters are already toasting under the May sun, but these turtles cannot indulge in the pleasure of sunbathing. They are albino and with their delicate skin, they could easily burn themselves.

The two turtles, born last February in the Biological Reserve of Abufari in Brazil, will have to remain sheltered for a few more months. They will then be released at the beginning of next year in the Amazon basin. In the meantime we hope to learn to hide properly. Their whiteness in fact, could immediately jump to the eyes of crocodiles and predators.

That sad face is perhaps due to the lack of a playmate. This rare specimen of albino seal, still a puppy, was in fact abandoned by his family, probably due to its unusual appearance. And to make matters worse, the poor person is practically blind and would hardly survive in freedom. Fortunately the author of this shot, the photographer Anatoly Strakhov who spotted the seal on the island of Tyuleniy, Russia, made a moving photo shoot that is going around the web. And the little guy has thus found a new home, a dolphinarium willing to take care of it.

This ball of spikes hosted by the Botanical Garden Zoo in Sochi, Russia, was found in the construction site of the structures for the 2014 Winter Olympics. If the common hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) in nature are quite vulnerable - in addition to those hit by the cars, many specimens end up mutilated by brushcutters or poisoned by the herbicides used by man - the little one, who is albino, is even more defenseless. Fortunately he can count on an armor of about 5 thousand spines ready to stand up thanks to as many muscles attached to the hair follicles. This curtain of flexible plugs at the base also acts as a shock absorber in the event of a collision.

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This genetic defect causes the complete absence of colors in the body. It is a "recessive" defect, which is manifested whether both forms of genes (alleles) present in the cells are defective. Albinism produces the lack of all pigments and in particular of melanin, the substance that determines the dark color of skin, hair and mucous membranes.