Rare white gi­raffes sighted in Kenya

Iran Daily - - Entertainment -

A pair of rare white gi­raffes, a mother and child, have been spot­ted in Kenya and cap­tured on video for the first time.

The unique gi­raffes suf­fer from a ge­netic con­di­tion called leu­cism, which pre­vents pig­men­ta­tion in skin cells and re­sults in a white, pale color, dai­ly­mail.co.uk wrote.

Un­like al­binism where there is only an ab­sence of melanin, leu­cism is a con­di­tion that is caused by a re­duc­tion in mul­ti­ple types of pig­ment.

Leu­cism is a con­di­tion where there is loss of mul­ti­ple types of pig­ment and re­sults in a white, pale or patchy color. Al­binism, on the other hand, is caused by a re­duc­tion in melanin pig­ment alone.

The main way to dif­fer­en­ti­ate the two types is through the eyes. Suf­fer­ers of al­binism have a sim­i­lar color loss in hair and skin but they also have this in their eyes. Pale eyes or of­ten pink or red eyes are com­mon as the blood ves­sels show through, whereas in leu­cism, this is un­com­mon.

“‘The mother kept pac­ing back and forth a few yards in front of us while sig­nal­ing the baby gi­raffe to hide be­hind the bushes.”

Ac­cord­ing to HCP, other than the video, only two known sight­ings have been made in Kenya and Tan­za­nia. The very first re­port of a white gi­raffe in the wild was in Jan­uary 2016 in Tarangire Na­tional park, Tan­za­nia and the se­cond in March 2016 in Ishaqbini con­ser­vancy, Garissa County, Kenya.

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