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Have you ever seen an albino animal?
Have you ever seen an albino animal?

USA -(Ammoland.com)- Have you ever seen an albino animal? Maybe you've seen one, or know someone who has. But albinism is actually quite rare.

Albinism is a genetic condition where cells are unable to melanin, the pigment that results in normal coloration in the skin, scales, eyes, or hair. It can affect people, animals, and even plants, causing them to appear white/pink, or to look bleached.

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There are different types of albinism: pure albino, partial albino, and leucistic.

Pure albino animals usually have pink eyes, nails, scales, and skin. This is the result of red blood vessels showing through the white coloration. Occasionally, albino animals will have light blue or green eyes due to the way light passes through the iris.

Partial albinos can be a little more difficult to identify. Overall coloration can appear normal, along with traces of white. This also applies to their eye coloring where they can be pink or light blue.

On the other hand, leucistic animals have mostly white skin, hair, or scales, but will have darker pigmentation in their eyes and nails.

(Photo courtesy/Wide Open Spaces)
You may never see an albino animal since albinism is a recessive gene, making the condition very uncommon. Consequently, albinism also brings several survival risk factors such as…
  • Abnormal eye development /vision impairment
  • Inability to protect against UV rays
  • Lack of camouflage
  • Reduced lifespan
  • Hearing impairment in some species

Hunters have seen all kinds of albino game across the globe including white-tail deer, crocodiles, bears, hogs and more. The rarity of these animals have fascinated many hunters while others believe they are too rare to hunt. Some states actually have laws and harvest restrictions against hunting certain albino game and many groups and organizations formed to preserve these animals.

Though they are rare, albino animals can hinder the the overall health of the species by continuing to pass along the inferior gene from generation to generation. This is why some believe they should be hunted the same as the rest of their species.

Overall, we can still admire and appreciate the mysterious beauty behind these rare creatures and knowing more about them can better assist with how we manage wildlife as a whole. Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll see one someday!

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@W. Bill Merry Christmas to you also, brother and a successful and happy New Year. The best present we could ask for would be for all this swamp stuff to blow up in their faces and many of them find a new home for New Year, jail of course.

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All color is also draining from the head bureaucrats at at the Fat Boy Institute. This just in: “New documents reveal FBI’s Clinton cover-up. By Tom Fitton | Fox News In Washington, the ostensible story is rarely the real story. We know, for example, that former President Clinton engineered a meeting with President Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch, on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport on June 27, 2016. And it was also simply coincidental that just a few days later, the director of the FBI – who served under Attorney General Lynch – announced that he wouldn’t recommend a… Read more »

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It is close to being unbelievable our government employees can be so dishonest and ridiculous. They must be pretty confident their jobs are safe or they wouldn’t be doing such despicable acts. Maybe it would help if there was an actual, trustworthy, supervisor in place to babysit them. There is no place in the world you could get away with this kind of stuff and still be around to tell about it.

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@Tomcat, Merry Christmas, brother. Oh, and the article talks of Fee Bees above the Supervisory level.

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The swamp creatures you describe are the ones put in by Obama. Drain that swamp and MAGA.

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The deer in the top photo looks like a fallow deer. There is a large herd of them just north of Ukiah CA.