Albinism is caused by a genetic abnormality that affects the production of melanin in living things.
This interferes with the cells that give hair, skin, eyes, scales, and feathers their color (or pigmentation).
Virtually any mammals can have albinism. It can also happen in birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians!
These 35 animals are affected by the condition and are some of the more unlikely creatures we’ve ever encountered! But #35, he just don’t care.
This rare albino vulture flew into the backyard of a Campbell Hall, NY family. Instead of being startled, the children promptly named it Fred.
This incredible albino peacock doesn’t need color to show off his snowy, white feathers. He looks like he’s perfectly happy the way he is. We’re just not sure what potential mates think.
This little guy isn’t hiding in the shadows anywhere.
We fully intend to see this albino snake in our nightmares, though we have to admit he’s kind of beautiful, in a way.
Even Austrailians, who see kangaroos everyday, stop to take pictures if they spot an albino. This guy looks quite old, so he may be living in captivity. Albino kangaroos make easy prey in the outback.
This beautiful deer probably blends right in in wintertime.
Ok, so this is also a deer, but it’s a baby and was too cute not to share. While there is some color present in the hair, you can tell it’s affected by the mutation because of its nose and eyelids.
Some animals have alternate sources of menalnin, so they do carry a bit of color, like this cardinal with its red wings.
It’s so hard to keep white clean, especially when you’re beavering through a swamp.
This squirrel might not fit in, but that’s not stopping him from finding a fine snack.
This baby lemur is still one of the family, hanging out on his mom’s back.
We’re not sure what kind of monkey this is, but he looks like he’s got some frustrations he wants to share.
This elegant giraffe still has some spots. Other albinos of this species can be completely white.
We’re sad to see this camel at an amusement park, especially since albino camels can live out a normal lifespan of 40 years.
People actually breed albino fish, but this big, slimy guy looks like he came as a surprise to some fishermen.
Albino lobsters are so rare they make the news whenever someone catches one.
Albino elephants were once considered a sign of luck, and coveted by royalty all around Asia.
18. Screech owl
This owl’s eyes appear red because we can see straight through his iris to the blood vessels.
This amazing zebra still has his stripes. Albino zebras are sometimes referred to as golden zebras and can have varying amounts of bronze in their hair.
20. Humpback whale
Migaloo the humpback was first sighted in 1991 and has become somwhat of a celebrity in Australia.
We’re mesmerized by these beautiful white wings.
It’ll take a few thousand dollars, but you can get yourself an albino iguana from a breeder. Just note that they tend to be more tan or orange in color than purely white.
23. Sea lion
You may have seen white sea lions, but this one is definitely an albino, as you can see from his pink eyes, nose, and feet.
We have to admit that we might try to pet this one without realizing what it was!
This little chipmunk won’t be any good at hiding, but it looks like he has his own little home to enjoy.
26. Wild turkey
This albino wild turkey has some camo advantage in the snow!
This little wombat is very rare and was scooped up by a rescue organization in 2012 to make sure he was well taken care of.
This guy looks cute enough to pet too, until you remember they are voracious eaters and are probably only interested in your livestock or your trash.
29. African porcupine
A few albino porcupines have been spotten in the U.S., but this guy is an African porcupine and is limited to that continent and parts of Italy. Just watch out, those quills hurt even though they’re colorless!
Most albino reptiles have a bit of a bronze on them. We’d be happy to leave this one right where it is.
This ostrich looks like it knows just how rare and beautiful it is with its feathers blowing in the wind.
This shrimp almost looks like it could glow in the dark! They’re not the same as ghost shrimp though, which are nearly see-through.
33. Sting ray
We didn’t expect to see a stingray with this condition! Watching him move along the ocean floor must be quite a ghostly sight!
This albino raven is giving her friend a piece of her mind. When you’re one of the rarest birds in existence, I guess you can be a bit of a diva.
35. Honey Badger
While there are white honey badgers, this one does have the mutation, as you can see by its pink eyes. But it don’t care. It appears to be feasting on the bones of the last creature to bring it up.
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