An animal that is completely lacking melanin is albino, which means there is an absence of pigment or color in their skin, hair, and eyes. Albino animals are extremely rare, and due to the pure scarcity of such animals it definitely adds to their allure and beauty. Albinism is a genetic disorder and along with beauty it comes with its own set of complications. Albino animals often have eye problems and experience sensitivity to the sun, which can include sunburns and skin cancer. In some cases, it can also negatively affect their immune system and most albino animals are more susceptible to predators because pigment is a huge aspect of camouflage. Albino animals have a harder time surviving in the wild because it is harder for them to hide not only from predators, but also from prey as well. However, despite their troubles, albino animals are definitely beautiful and awe-inspiring. Here are 22 albino animals that are absolutely incredible:
1. Lioness – This lioness made our list even though she is not truly albino. You can tell an animal is albino because they are pure white with red eyes. Because this lioness has some color variations and blue eyes she is actually leucistic. Leucistic is similar to albinism, but not as severe. They have a reduced amount of pigmentation instead of a complete lack of pigment. However, they are still beautiful and rare like truly albino animals are.
2. Zebra – This zebra is also not truly albino, otherwise she would have no stripes at all and red eyes. This zebra is leucistic.
3. Reindeer – This leucistic reindeer obviously stands out against the rock, making it easier for wolves to prey upon when compared to its normal colored sister to the left. However, the lack of pigment may be an asset in winter months when there is snow on the ground. Fun fact, Santa’s reindeer are all female because male reindeer would have shed their antlers by the time Christmas came around.
4. Alligator – This beautiful, white alligator is a true albino. Notice the eyes and the red color. This alligator is most likely in a zoo or sanctuary, as it would stand out so much in the water to make a sneak attack almost impossible when hunting.
5. Owl – This gorgeous owl is amazing because of its uniqueness. I would love to see one of these in the wild!
6. Humpback Whale – It’s amazing that this whale wasn’t killed while it was a calf. Especially knowing that Killer Whales kill Humpback calves. This whale would never be able to blend into the water. But the thing that put it in danger in its youth makes it extremely beautiful. Seeing him in the wild would be a dream come true!
7. Family of Deer – The gene in this herd must be extremely strong to have so many members lacking pigment! I love how they are playing in the snow! Or maybe they don’t like the snow and are trying not to touch it!
8. Lion – This lovely lion is simply breathtaking. However it is a good thing he lives in captivity because he would not do well in the wild. Did you know that the darker the mane the tougher the lion? A black mane means the lion has never lost a fight so it can warn away possible rivals for his pride. Once they lose a fight their mane will lighten. This white mane would scream to other lions that he is weak, even if that is not the case.
9. Peacock – This peacock is absolutely gorgeous! However, I bet he is just as obnoxiously noisy as his colorful brethren.
10. Turtle – It’s exciting that turtles can live over 100 years. I hope this little guy thrives because he would be so much fun to see as an adult!
11. Hedgehog – This albino hedgehog is a very shy animal. It’s too bad that his coloring will bring him tons of attention!
12. Gorilla – Gorillas are the largest primate that have many similar traits to humans. They can also be leucistic or albino.
13. Doberman Pinscher – This Dobie is leucistic since the eyes are blue and it is not pure white. However, it is still a gorgeous dog! And as a Dobie fan, I also like the pure black guy in the back. I’ve never seen a pure white or pure black Doberman before.
14. Penguin – This poor penguin is missing his tuxedo! He forgot to get dressed for the party!
15. Kangaroo – I love kangaroos and this cute little joey is no exception! However, I recently learned they can be extremely dangerous, so I will appreciate it from a distance!
16. Rhinoceros – I may be wrong, but I believe this is one of only 5 white rhinos living in the world, and all are in captivity.
17. Snake – Now this snake truly freaks me out, albino or not. When I look at it, I try to think that it is smiling instead of coiled and ready to strike, but it doesn’t help my reaction to it.
18. Raccoon – This raccoon looks like a cute little angel in the middle of a group of bandits, but she’s probably the ring leader of the pack!
19. Tawny Frogmouth – I have never even heard of a frogmouth until this moment! However the one on the left should be called a snowy frogmouth. Apparently these birds are native to Australia and are often confused for owls.
20. Tiger – Tigers are one of my favorite of the big cats. I love their patterns, but apparently I also love the lack of pattern because that is one beautiful leucistic cat!
21. Hummingbird – Normally the unusual attracts me, however in this case I think I prefer a bright, iridescent-colored hummingbird over this one.
22. Squirrel – This albino squirrel, with its classic red eyes is doing what squirrels do best – taking advantage of left out food!
I hope these 22 (twenty-five if you count each of the deer) animals amazed you with their uniqueness and beauty! Thankfully albinism and leucistic qualities are genetic. Hopefully these amazing animals pass on their traits so we can see more of their kind!