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White, Albino and Leucistic Mammals

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Re: Most unique sightings and stories

Unread post by BushBoy11 » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:08 pm

WOW :shock: .........thats definitely a unique sighting, do you maybe think it has something to do with a rare pigment, just like that in a white lion??
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Re: Most unique sightings and stories

Unread post by BushBoy11 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 3:25 pm

does not look like impala.....could it be a hybrid??? :huh:
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Re: Most unique sightings and stories

Unread post by Nannie » Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:00 pm

Hi Marjolien, thanks for the pm, yes i'm sure it's the same buck.Here is another photo of it.On your last photo note how long it's neck is, also note the distance between it's hornes and ears.

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Re: The white lions of Kruger

Unread post by zebedy » Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:09 pm

I saw an albino baby zebra last year (can't remember where in Kruger exactly (would have been somewhere between satara and mopani) but don't have a pic.

It was only a few days old and was white with a hint of pale grey stripes. I doubt it would have survived for long! It would glow in the dark and be cat food

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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).

Very special photos marissa, must have been a great sighting :mrgreen: :clap: :D
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Re: Albino???

Unread post by Bushmom » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:02 pm

We saw a zebra that fell into the ink as well. Melanistic?
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Re: Albino???

Unread post by TheunsH » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:24 pm

Nice photo Marissa! :clap: :clap:

The colour looks a bit like the colour of a pancake...whitish with a bit of light brownish. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Albino???

Unread post by Mike1916 » Sat May 01, 2010 1:14 am

Wow! thanks for sharing marissa, special sighting indeed :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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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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