Nature never stops to surprise us! Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya
Source :NewsBharati   Date :14-Sep-2017

Nairobi, September 14: Whenever we see a picture of the animal Giraffe we usually see an animal of bright orange brown color. But can you imagine of a white Giraffe? Yes, it seems impossible yet two white giraffes have been spotted in Kenya. Basically, the Reticulated Giraffes have a genetic condition called leucism. The giraffes have also been filmed and as claimed only the third known sighting of a white giraffe. The genetic condition prevents pigmentation in skin cells and results in a white, pale color.

Though the genetic condition leucism seems similar to albinism, those are different in nature. Only the absence of melanin causes albinism but leucism is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment.

This species of giraffe is so rare that so far the white giraffes have been found only in Tanzania and Kenya. Hirola Conservation Programme, the group which filmed those lovely animals, said that reports of a white baby giraffe and its mother were reported to them by the Rangers who got the report from one of the villagers adjacent to the Ishaqbini Conservancy.

“They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence. The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signaling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes.” HCP group wrote.