Albinism 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 tyrosinase, a copper-containing enzyme involved in the production of melanin. While most of us have probably met an albino person, few people know that albinism also occurs in animals. Albino animals are very rare though. Scientists estimate that in mammals, for example, albinism occurs once out of 10,000 births. Another reason why albino animals are so scarce is because the disorder drastically reduces their survival rate. Due to their strikingly light skin color, albino animals can be easily picked out by predators and the absence of pigment also makes them much more prone to skin cancer and some other diseases. On the other hand, their rarity makes some albino animals very popular and pricey pets. In fact, some laboratory animals such as mice are even purposely bred to be albino. Some of the animals on this list are albinos. However, albinism is not the only reason why animals go completely white. Some pigment related disorder also include “whiteface”, Axanthism, and Leucism. Whatever the reason for these animal’s unique lack of color, their striking appearance is a thing of beauty. From white lions and penguins to alligators and koalas, here are 25 Awesome Looking White Or Albino Animals You Have To See Today.
With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, the lion is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Normally, its coloration varies from light buff to yellowish, reddish, or dark ochre brown.
Found in Australia and New Guinea, the wallaby is a small or mid-sized herbivorous macropod relative to the kangaroo. Wallaby´s fur usually varies from grayish to red and brown.
Native to southern African waters, African penguins are easily recognizable by their black facial masks. This albino specimen that hatched at the Bristol zoo was completely white though.
The fallow deer is a small, usually about 150 cm (60 inch) long deer that can be found in most Europe. The coloration of this animal varies greatly but most fallow deer have a chestnut coat with white mottles.
In squirrels, coloration is highly variable between (but sometimes even within) species. Nevertheless, an albino squirrel is extremely rare no matter what species it is.