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White, Albino and Leucistic Mammals

Unread post by Petrus » Wed Jan 12, 2005 2:08 pm

African sun puts albino jumbo at risk
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The little one kept on rolling in the mud, as if trying to disguise its strange colour with the dirt.

The baby elephant, spotted among a herd in the southern part of the Kruger National Park, could be an albino or white elephant.

The baby is believed to be about a month old, and an older sibling and its mother seemed very protective of it.

Sadly, however, it is most probably doomed as it would be susceptible to the harsh African sun.

'As they were drinking I noticed a very light one'
Odette Joubert and her husband, who have a house on the banks of the Crocodile River near Hectorspruit overlooking the Kruger Park, came across the little elephant.

"Yesterday morning (Monday) we were having breakfast when I saw the herd of elephants come to drink. As they were drinking I noticed a very light one, then they disappeared."

"Later we were lounging around the pool, and I saw the same herd and I grabbed my camera," Joubert said.

She said the herd came so close to the fence she was able to take pictures which clearly show the elephant's pink eyes and white eyelashes.

Joubert said the elephants, especially the mother and an older sibling were very protective.

"The baby kept on trying to roll in mud. Maybe he knows he is different," she said.

Joubert said she had spoken to a ranger in the park who said that albino elephants were very rare and that they might try and collar one of the herd to keep track of the group.

"They are very, very rare," said Dr Ian Whyte specialist scientist for large herbivores in the park.

"Sometimes you see some elephants with patches, particularly behind their ears, that don't have pigment. Some time ago I saw a newborn, who was pink, from a helicopter when we were doing a census.

"Maybe they are more common than we think they are but they just don't survive. It would struggle in the African sun," he said. - Environment Reporter.

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Rare White Elephant

Unread post by Twiga » Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:21 pm

A white baby elephant has been spotted in the Crocodile Bridge area. It was spotted for the first time in January. It was thought that he would not have much of a chance for survival as experts believed that he would succumb to the harsh African sun. Due to him having no pigmentation, he would be more susceptible to the sun. Apparently he is doing fine and he has been spotted fairly regularly by a ranger who works in the area. Quite amazing! :shock: Everybody going to KNP in the next couple of months must keep an eye open for him!
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Leucistic Kudu

Unread post by gfordyce » Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:44 am

This is the most unusual sighting we came across on Monday 7th April on the Rail road route S114. A partially leucistic female Kudu. Has anyone else seen her?

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Re: Abnormal Mammal Photo's

Unread post by Nannie » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:56 pm

Saw this on Monday on the S120 , the Steilberg road near B+D. Think it's a Mountain Reedbuck.The buck is pure white all over.

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Re: Most unique sightings and stories

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:34 am

marjolein wrote:Image

Thanks! Ok tried that, lets see if this works!


I'd go for a goat, the only animal that might just look similar is an albino impala. I noticed it has horns.
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Re: Most unique sightings and stories

Unread post by marjolein » Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:17 pm

'Goat' from another angle

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Re: Most unique sightings and stories

Unread post by JustNature » Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:51 pm

:redface: Okay here the face looks like a buck :hmz:
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Re: Most unique sightings and stories

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:02 pm

cel wrote:It does look like a buck from angle #2. Think a goats horns are thicker and shorter. Also has the shape of a duiker...??? :doh:


On first pic looked like a goat but with this second one I'm having some doubts and does look like some sort of duiker.
Its difficult to tell its height from I'd guess about 50-60 cm.

Wonder if it was spotted again.
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Re: Most unique sightings and stories

Unread post by marjolein » Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:29 pm

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Ok...here is another image of the goat aka pale duiker. I have sent photos to 50/50 and the Get Away magazine but haven't heard anything. Looks like we're on our own!

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Re: Most unique sightings and stories

Unread post by schooms » Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:47 pm

hello guys,

There is a posting on Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:56 pm by Nannie

"Saw this on Monday on the S120 , the Steilberg road near B+D. Think it's a Mountain Reedbuck.The buck is pure white all over."

The picture is of a similar animal as yours as well as in the same area. :) :thumbs_up:
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Re: Most unique sightings and stories

Unread post by bishop3006 » Thu Jul 09, 2009 7:36 pm

Marjolien, no frontal photo?

Doesn't look like an albino animal, as there's colour. Most it can be is albinistic, maybe just a white one. If it was albino the mouth and such areas would not be black, but would be pink.

The horns almost curling backwards is confusing me. With both reedbuck (Redunca arundinum) and Mountain reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula) the horns should tend forward, not backward! Maybe just a younger one. But the placement and angle fits both. Sort of. :hmz: Doesn't fit grey rhebuck, oribi or steenbok at all, so those are out.

And the horns seem to be placed wider than a duiker's would be. They almost seem to be placed ahead of the ears (mountain reedbuck), rather than between them (duiker).

The more I look at it the more I tend towards the mountain reedbuck, but a facial photo would have been nice...

Would like to hear what Lourens has to say.
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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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