Chances are you have seen a human who suffers from albinism, the disease that causes people to be born without any pigment at all. This disease can affect anyone regardless of their ethnicity from Caucasian to African. What most people do not realize is that it is the same for wild animals. No matter the color of the animal, they can suffer from albinism. This applies to all species on earth whether the animal has fur or skin. When a human is born with albinism, it is not really a big deal because this does not prevent the person from doing any type of activity. For wild animals though, it is a different story. When wild animals are born with albinism it affects their ability to camouflage themselves from predators, blend in with the surroundings so they can stalk their prey, and even affect their chances of being able to attract members of the opposite sex to mate. While this can be a major problem for wild animals, it also produces patterns that are so cosmetically beautiful it is hard to believe. Below is a list and photos of the 10 most amazing albino animals in the world
Number 10 – Albino Peacock
Peacocks are best known and admired for their amazing colors. However, no one would argue that albino peacocks, which have no pigment all, are far more beautiful than their ordinary counterparts. Albino peacocks are very rare and seeing one in the wild is an experience few people have ever had.
Number 9 – Albino Alligator
The most amazing albino animals are always the ones in which you couldn’t possibly fathom being albino or losing their color. Alligators are known for their very dark green and thick skin. Since most people associate albinism, at least when it comes to wild animals, as something associated mainly with hairy animals, they tend to think that something with thick hairless skin would not be able to lose its color. However, alligators require colored pigment just like any other animal does in order to produce its characteristic color. Albinism is a disease that causes all loss of pigment producing cells. Therefore, literally any animal can suffer from this.
Number 8 – Albino Humpback Whale
When it comes too large albino animals, few animals are as amazing as this albino humpback whale. It is incredibly rare for a whale to be born with this disease. According to our research, this is the only large whale that has ever been spotted with this particular disorder. The next largest animal that has been photographed with albinism is the Orca whale and Orca whales are considerably smaller than humpback whales.
Number 7 – Albino Moose
If you live in northern areas that are surrounded by wilderness then chances are you have probably seen or at least heard of one your friends and countering a wild albino deer in their lifetime. However, you have probably never met anyone who has seen an albino moose in the wild. Moose are almost 3 times the size of dear and very few albino moose have ever been photographed in the wild suggesting that it is very rare for this disorder to occur in Moose.
Number 6 – Albino African Clawed Frog
Just like alligators, seeing something with albinism that has dark pigmented colorless skin is very shocking. It almost seems like these animals are not even real. Unfortunately for this albino frog, he is at a major disadvantage in the wild as frogs greatly rely on their camouflage in order to conceal themselves so that prey passing by cannot spot them and then run away. They are also at much greater risk of being eaten by predators since they are not able to blend in with their surroundings.
Number 5 – Albino Whale Shark
The whale shark is actually not a whale. Despite their incredibly large size, these sharks are considered fish. In fact, the whale shark is the largest fish in the world and they can grow up to 40 feet long. The whale shark usually has a color pattern of black with white spots on its skin. In this photo, you can see that this whale shark is 100% white and has absolutely no skin pigment whatsoever. The good thing for this particular whale shark in the photo is that whale sharks who suffer from albinism do not see any negative effects in terms of survival. This is because whale sharks have no known predators and they do not have to stalk their prey. Nothing that whale sharks do relies on having camouflage. They eat microscopic plankton and are filter feeders. Therefore, albino whale sharks are completely unaffected by this condition.
Number 4 – Albino Giraffe
To our knowledge, this is the only photograph ever captured of an albino giraffe. One unique thing about albino giraffes is that they do retain some of their pigment in the form of black spots. The portion of their patterns that is usually yellow is completely white when albinism is present. However, the black spots that are part of the regular pattern do not lose their pigment. The reason for this probably has nothing to do with pigment. The black spots are likely a result of something that is completely unassociated with pigment.
Number 3 – Albino Lion
It is common knowledge that lions are the kings of the jungle. They pray on absolutely every animal in sub-Sahara Africa. There is no one particular animal that lions will not take on. This is what has gotten them their reputation as being the apex predator of Africa. However, ones that suffer from albinism are unlikely to become apex predators in their natural habitat. This is because not having pigment is a major disadvantage for albino lions in the wild. They are unable to stalk their prey and many of them never reach adulthood because they are preyed on by other lions.The lion you see in this photo is one that has been bred in captivity and thus allowed to reach full maturity in the absence of predators.
Number 2 – Albino Cobra
This albino king cobra that is pictured above is another example of an animal that could never survive in the wild. The King cobra that you see above is a captive bred albino king cobra. King cobras depend on their color pattern for camouflage as they are primarily ambush predators. Without the ability to blend into their surroundings, albino king cobras are not able to survive in the wild long enough to reach adult size and maturity because they are not able to capture enough food while hunting.
Number 1 – Albino Gorilla
The most amazing albino animal in our opinion is the albino gorilla. As you can tell from looking at the picture above, albino gorillas look like the mythical creature known as the Yeti. What makes the albino gorilla so amazing is that it is completely white in both the areas of its body where there is skin exposed as well as the areas that are covered by hair. This produces a very unique look and makes it one of the most amazing albino animals in the world.