Recently in Amboseli, Africa two new baby elephants were born. One was female and the other one was male. The male appeared to be very different to the female. Upon closer inspection it was realized that the baby male elephant was indeed an albino one. He had white tail and body hair, pale skin, and very pink ears. He was also the first one seen in nineteen years as they are very rare. Albinism occurs in all living vertebra, from fish, to reptiles, to animals and birds and also to humans. Albino elephants are very rare. Enjoy the pictures of him below.

What is Albinism?

Albinism (from Latin albus, "white"; see extended etymology, also called achromia, achromasia, or achromatosis) is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin. Albinism results from inheritance of recessive gene alleles and is known to affect all vertebrates, including humans. While an organism with complete absence of melanin is called an albino, an organism with only a diminished amount of melanin is described as albinoid.

Albinism is associated with a number of vision defects, such as photophobia, Nystagmus and astigmatism. Lack of skin pigmentation makes the organism more susceptible to sunburn and skin cancers.
(Excerpt from Wikipedia)

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Responses to "Rare Albino Elephant Born in Africa (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Just awesome!! ;o}

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good luck!

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