Albinism in animals

The human body comes to present conditions that are strange, and one of them is one in which the color of eyes, skin and hair are affected by acquiring a white or pale coloration. Such a condition is known as albinism.


The animal kingdom is no exception

Albinism is a genetic mutation characterized by the absence of pigmentation and that not only occurs in people but also occurs in plants and animals. Melanin is a dark pigment found in mammalian body cells that produces the coloration of the skin, hair and eyes.

There are some animals that have become famous for having this genetic mutation and these live very little because they have a very minimal resistance to the sun’s rays, and only in captivity can they survive much longer and with a better quality of life. In addition to living very little when exposed to the sun’s rays, these animals are easy prey precisely because of their attractive color.

In Colombia there is a spider monkey that suffers from albinism and is very famous for its tender appearance and there are several snakes Piton albino that remain guarded to ensure their survival.

Another very famous albino animal is Snowdrop a penguin who lived at Bristol Zoo but died in 2004. Copito de Nieve is a gorilla who gained fame at a zoo in Barcelona and died in 2003.

In Spain there are the only specimens of African porcupine with albinism, and they are a tourist attraction despite not being able to be exposed to the sun like the rest of animals.

There is a big difference between albino animals and white animals by nature such as polar bears and arctic foxes, these unlike albinos if they have melanin in their body but have an all-white coat.

Albinism in animals
Source: curiosities  
July 31, 2019


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