They may be seen as mystical creatures, but spirit bears are not the only white animals around
This squirrel isn’t an albino – it’s leucistic. Leucism is a condition that results in partial or complete loss of pigmentation in everything other than the eyes.
Peacocks usually dazzle females with their colourful plumage, but a few are born pure white or mostly white with patches of iridescent blue.
White tigers are also known as bleached tigers. Their stripes often remain intact, although another genetic condition can remove the characteristic pattern.
antarctic fur seal
Not all ‘white’ animals are snow white. As this seal pup demonstrates, slight pigmentation and environmental conditions can produce creamy fur.
Snakes usually covered in geometric patterns can be born completely white and missing patches of colours. These individuals are prized among enthusiasts.