Conservationists in Kenya have recorded a rare phenomenon in the animal kingdom: A pair of all-white giraffes.
The animals were spotted by the Hirola Conservation Program working on a tip from a local resident.
“We spent almost 20 minutes with the beautiful animals and had the pleasure of getting close-up photos and video of the duo,” Hirola Conservation Program founder Abdullahi H. Ali told the New York Times.
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“To our surprise, one normal colour reticulated giraffe also was among the mother and calf. You can actually compare the difference.”
The giraffes’ white colour is caused by a genetic condition called leucism that affects their cells’ pigmentation, the Program said. Squirrels, elephants, buffalo and bears have all been pictured with the disfiguration as well.