A rare white giraffe was recently photographed in a Tanzanian National Park.
A very strange-looking, but beautiful giraffe was recently spotted in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park. This giraffe is very nearly all white in color!
Derek Lee of the Wild Nature Institute snapped several incredible photos of the young female giraffe named Omo. Her mane is normally colored like other giraffes in her herd and she still has spots, but the colors are all muted.
Even though she stands out in the crowd, the Daily Mail reports the 15-month-old giraffe doesn’t seem to have any problems fitting in with the rest of her herd. “Omo appears to get along with the other giraffes, she has always been seen with a large group of normally coloured giraffe – they don’t seem to mind her different colouring,” Lee said.
Since she’s made it through her first year, Omo has a better chance of reaching adulthood since giraffes are more vulnerable to predators when they are younger. Now the biggest threat to her may be poachers.
Much like the snow-white great white shark that washed up in Australia last week, Omo is not an albino. Instead she suffers from a genetic condition known as leucism. While the condition does cause a lack of pigmentation like albinism, it does not affect the eyes. For Omo to be a true albino, her eyes would have to be affected.
Even if Omo isn’t a true albino, she’s one cool-looking giraffe! Let’s hope park officials are able to protect her for others to enjoy.