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Omo, the white giraffe discovered in Tanzania

Omo, the white giraffe discovered in Tanzania

Its name is Omo, it was sighted for the first time last year and despite its coloration, which can literally be “white” from predators, it has managed to survive in good conditions. Last April, the Wild Nature Institute assured that its color is not due to the congenital absence of pigmentation or albinism, but to a recessive gene or leucism, which prevents cells from producing pigment.

The difference would practically be that an albino animal suffers from a lack of melanin throughout the body, including the eyes, unlike animals with leucism.

According to Derek Lee, founder of the Wild Nature Institute, Omo "has survived his first year as a calf, the most dangerous life stage for a young giraffe due to hyenas, lions and leopards stalking it as prey," read The Telegraph.

The specialist explains that this white giraffe has not yet left the forests and that "adult giraffes are often hunted for their meat, and the color of their skin can make it a target."

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