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Re: Weird Sightings

Unread post by louis dreyer » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:43 am

As promised
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Albino???

Unread post by marissa » Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:55 am

Hey guys. saw this giraffe close to Lower Sabie. Whould like to now if it is a Albino. :hmz:
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Re: Albino???

Unread post by superstess » Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:31 am

Hi Marissa,

To me the giraffe doesn't look like an albino. Albino's usually miss all pigmentation and they have red eyes as well.
Maybe someone else knows of this condition???
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Re: Albino???

Unread post by Bushmom » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:33 am

I think the correct term is leucistic as it does have some colouring on it.

We saw it twice on two consecutive days about 10 km apart! It (almost) excited me more than our cheetah!
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Re: Albino???

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:43 am

Leucistic.
Albinisim is the complete lack of pigmentation
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Re: Albino???

Unread post by oddesy » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:54 am

I would say that its leucistic, which is very different from being an albino, an albino has got two traits that are the same and cause the gene to display a characteristic without the melanin, while leucism is more of a co-dominance when the alleles( forms) of a gene are equally represented in the phenotype(physical appearance).

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Re: Albino???

Unread post by Bushmom » Mon May 03, 2010 11:13 pm

As said earlier in the thread, the giraffe is not an albino, but is leucistic.That means that it has some colour, but not all! It was definitely not ill. We watched them for the best part of an hour and after seeing the same giraffes the previous day, I am sure we would have seen if it was ill in any way. It was quite normal except for its colouring!
I suppose it is just very wily and lucky not to have fallen prey to lion before now as is well-grown already. A male if I judge by the horns?
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Re: Albino???

Unread post by Leeukos » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:49 am

Hi. I saw this giraffe also close to Onder Sabie. I don't know if it is the same one but it looks like an Albino Giraffe.

Albinism happens about every 20,000 births and they normally do not live long as they have lost their camouflage protection.

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Re: Albino???

Unread post by Nannie » Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:40 am

Go have a look under the Giraffe page on page 5 and page 11, I'm sure it all the same giraffe.

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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread post by Mgoddard » Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:25 am

FlorisCathy and Aat I posted this Impala on my Daily Blog in June 2009 - Shingwedzi. It was still a young one and Im very happy that it has survived. Many of the comments on that day and days after mentioned that it will probably not survive for long due to it "standing out" and it will be easy for predators to hunt it.

Here are 2 of the pics that I took during that time and also the most interesting reply I received from forum member Jockelina.....

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Jockelina Says:
June 25th, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I don’t think that impala is an albino as well. It is an leucoism. Leucistic animals produce pigment, but it is expressed only in certain regions of the body. These animals are either all white or have patches of white, but the most important distinction is that they have normal-colored eyes and skin.
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:58 pm

Very interesting... Thanks Martie! :thumbs_up: I guess this means our blonde bokkie has to be at least 3 years old already. And according to Aat - the rest of the impala herd seem to accept him. Good for him!
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread post by Mike1916 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:42 pm

Seems like i saw the same guy in December of 2009:

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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread post by KendraClaire » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:50 pm

It is in fact leucistic. Luecism is when an animal has less melinin that other animals of its type. The opposite, melanism is when the animal has too much melinin in its skin causing: Black leopards, black wolves etc. The little guy is soooo cute!!!

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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread post by o-dog » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:14 pm

Lovely sightings of this impala :clap:

Interestingly seen a white adult duiker at night just north east of Skukuza (2007) and heard of another one around lake Panic somewhere. By my calculations, the distance between the 2 sightings is about 7km. Wondering if its 2 different animals?

Taking the probability of any antelope's survival in the wild and the fact that there are records of quite a few white adult antelope (imapala, kudu, duiker) in the Kruger Park I really wonder how much of a disadvantage these white animals are at...a study would be interesting because its always been assumed they are at a huge disadvantage, but I wonder if it makes as big a difference as it has always been made out to be :hmz:
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Re: White impala, no albino

Unread post by FlorisCathy » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:07 pm

I've got the pictures from Gregor:

Shingwedzi:
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He had also seen one in Mapungubwe:
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