Albinism is quite rare.
Albino animals are white because they lack pigmentation in their skin, which makes them vulnerable in the wild. To see an albino animal in its natural habitat is quite rare, which is why hunters always make headlines when their quarry happens to be white.
Albino animals are considered sacred to many cultures, and most hunters will pass on the opportunity to shoot one for fear of having bad luck.
Whether or not you would choose to bring one down, there’s no denying the awe that albino big game inspires. Here are 10 for your viewing pleasure.
Out in the Open
Albino King of the Jungle
Epitome of Majesty
Leucistic Hog (no red eyes)
Albinism effects melanin in the skin, hair, and eyes. That’s why albino animals usually look pink and have red eyes since they have no pigment in their irises. Leucism is a condition under the broader albino umbrella term that only effects pigmentation, which is why some white animals have normal eye colors.
Hunting albino animals is controversial since they are so rare. But in reality, albino animals usually cannot live very long in the wild anyways; their condition leaves them more susceptible to predators.
Most albino animals are not protected by law, since albinism is a defective genetic mutation.
Would you bring one home if you had the chance?