Have you ever seen a white tiger, lobster, or Doberman? Chances are you haven’t, but today you will. We’re going to show you 40 animals that are either purely white or partially discolored, creating a truly interesting appearance.
All of these animals are albino. Albinism is an umbrella term that includes a number of genetic pigmentation disorders, including leucism, which is a partial lack of pigment. Albino animals are just like any other animals, they just have a coloration that gives them a one in a million look. And sometimes, it’s so rare, that they are literally one in a million!
South Africa’s White Lioness: The Coolest Cat on Earth
White lions have been seen in South Africa on a rare occasion for decades now. Being so different and rare, myths have circulated, explaining their color. One legend says a meteor strike gave them their white fur. This pair of white lion sisters were born in 2009 in South Africa’s Kruger Park.
The Lions have dark noses, so they aren’t completely albino; they’re leucistic. Unfortunately for albino lions, who use their coloration as camouflage while hunting, their coloring isn’t very helpful. At least they live in pride and hunt together. And they’re also just so cool.
Lucky the Albino Lobster: Yes, Those Are His Real Colors
Lucky the lobster may look like he rolled around in a box of pastels, but that’s just his coloring. It’s not clear whether he’s fully albino or leucistic, but either way, it’s a rare pigmentation for a lobster. A fisherman caught him in a net but decided not to turn him over to the restaurant business.
Lucky lives at a Canadian aquarium. Lobsters are typically greenish-brown and turn red only when cooked because the heat breaks certain proteins the red pigment is attached to. Albino lobsters are the rarest kind. The odds of finding one are one in 100 million.
Ever seen an albino zebra? It’s pretty amazing! See the next photo.
Zoe the Zebra: A Golden-White Beauty
Zoe the zebra was born in captivity on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai. She still has stripes, they’re just a light gold color, which separates her from all the other black and white zebras. And regarding stripes, scientists still aren’t certain why zebras have them.
There are some explanations for the purpose of the stripes. Some say it’s to protect against insects, it confuses predators, and it could also be for social interaction.
Onya-Birri aka Ghost Boy: The Albino Koala
Onya-Birri was born to two normal, gray koalas at the San Diego Zoo in 1997. The name Onya-Birri is an Aboriginal (indigenous to Australia) phrase meaning “ghost boy” because of his white fur. Since he is a marsupial, like kangaroos, this koala spent his first six months in his mother’s pouch.
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When the little koala popped his face out of his mom’s pouch, the zoo staff were shocked to see his white fur and a pink nose. Albino koalas are very rare, but they’ve been spotted in the wild before.
You probably never saw a white deer. Click next and you will!
The Seneca White Deer: Blending in With the Snow
There are a whole family of white deer living at the Seneca Army Depot in New York. They were trapped behind the fence of the depot when it was built and as the years went by, the deer bred and their population grew.
These deer have pigment in their eyes, which means they’re not 100% albino. Albinos don’t produce melanin, the pigment that gives color to skin, eyes, hair, scales, and feathers. Albino eyes are always pink, light blue, or green because the red blood vessels show from behind or because of light passing through the iris.
Snowflake the Albino Gorilla
Snowflake was a Western lowland gorilla who was found in the wild when he was very little. The Barcelona Zoo became his home, where he lived 40 years (gorillas typically live 30 to 40 years).
Sadly, Snowflake developed skin cancer. Albinos have a high risk of skin cancer because they don’t have melanoma protecting them from the sun’s UV.
Next, an albino elephant! You gotta see this…
The White Elephant in the Room
An albino elephant is also known as a white elephant and is clearly very rare. Despite being called white, the albino elephant’s skin is soft and reddish-brown in color and turns light pink when it gets wet.
These elephants also have fair toenails and eyelashes. If you’re going to see an albino elephant, chances are it’s going to be among the Asian elephants. It’s a lot less common in the larger African species. This little guy was found to stand in his mother’s shade in the first few months of his life.
Mama Raccoon is White
This albino mother raccoon looks nothing like her babies. But regardless, they’re happy to find the free meal the photographer hid in the stump.
Did you know that raccoons wash their food before eating it? They have amazingly dexterous hands.
Wanna go white whale watching? See the next photo!
White Whale Watching
Migaloo Jr., the white humpback whale, is believed to be the offspring of Migaloo, who was the first white humpback whale ever seen and recorded. They both live off the coast of Australia.
“Migaloo” is an Aboriginal word meaning “white man.” Migaloo was first spotted in 1991 and has been seen every year since he was discovered.
Like Two Peas in a Pod
The name of this bird is tawny frogmouth, as strange as that sounds. This bird was found on the ground and rehabilitated, meeting his new friend. The two birds were later released once they were healthy. Tawny frogmouths live in pairs, committing to their mate for life.
The bird duos hunt, sleep and breed together. But unlike other birds, they don’t use their feet to grab prey, instead, they use their enormous mouths and hooked beaks to grab insects and small animals.
The next albino animal is so breathtaking, it would be a sight to see in real life!
Snow White, Meet the Albino Peacock
Male peacocks use their elaborate and colorful feather train to attract mates. Usually, the peacock feathers have what look like eyes. The females pick their suitors based on the length of the male’s train, how many blue feather “eyes” it has, and the pattern’s symmetry.
This white peacock probably couldn’t get a mate due to all white look. Which is a shame considering how strikingly beautiful it is!
One of Santa’s Reindeer?
You’re looking at the white reindeer, of course. But did you even notice the brown reindeer next to him? Probably not. Which shows you how dangerous it can be for albino animals not be preyed upon.
These reindeer will only have an advantage in the heavy snow. These white reindeer are usually spotted in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Some people say that seeing one is good luck.
You should see the next photo. It’s rare on many levels.
The Rarest Hummingbird
This tiny white beauty was caught on film by a fifteen-year-old photographer named Marlin Shank in Virginia. And what a shot! It’s an albino ruby-throated hummingbird feeding.
Usually, hummingbirds have green backs and heads, with gray-white stomachs. Hummingbirds, as you may know, are excellent fliers. They can stop instantly and hover in midair, moving in any direction they want.
Move Over Bullwinkle, a New Moose is in Town
White moose are seen in a few places around the world, including North America and Europe. Although white moose are rare, their population may be growing.
In places where there are fewer natural predators, humans might be influencing the population of white moose. In Scandinavia, hunters choose not to shoot the white moose, preferring to take the normal colored ones instead. This could lead to more white moose mating with each other and thus increasing their population.
Wanna see what a white giraffe looks like? See the next photo.
Giraffes live across Southern and Eastern Africa, but very few white ones have ever been seen. Giraffes are sadly becoming vulnerable to extinction. They face threats from habitat loss, illegal hunting, and climate change.
There are areas in Africa where hunting giraffes are illegal, and the populations are doing better. But poaching is still a large threat in some countries and white giraffes like this one could be more attractive to hunters.
Little Alby the Albino Sea Turtle
Meet Alby, the albino sea turtle. A couple of years ago, he struggled to emerge from the sand on Australia’s Castaways Beach. Alby was trying to make his way to the water, but he was behind all of his siblings.
His 121 siblings hatched the day before, already on their journey to the ocean. The photographer snapped this photo and is unaware of his fate. Hopefully, he made it all the way and he could potentially grow to be 700 pounds!
Next up, a strange sight for hikers to see.
A Giant White Snail Slugging Around
A group of hikers in New Zealand stumbled upon a rare white snail. Because it rained that morning, this snail came out of hiding.
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This species of snail is quite a tongue twister: Powelliphanta hochstetteri hochstetteri. It’s endangered because opossums, rats, and pigs were introduced to New Zealand. These animals eat large snails, and this snail’s white skin only raises this risk.
Standing Out Among the Rest: The White Gentoo Penguin
Ornithologist Noah Strycker went to South Georgia Island, off the continent of Antarctica. He wanted to see the penguins. He found this little guy who stood out among its peers.
The reason penguins are black and white is for the “countershading” which helps them blend in when underwater. This type of coloration is common among sharks, tuna, and other marine predators. The dark top makes it hard to see when a predator looks down at them. The lighter side blends in with the light when looked at from under them.
An albino from down under is next. Can you guess which animal?
The White Kangaroo From Down Under
There are only a few white kangaroos in Australia. It could be due to the 3,488-mile long fence they installed that’s keeping safe from predators.
Because of the drought, kangaroos are coming closer to human settlements, and so more are being seen. These large marsupials live in social groups called mobs. And this photographer saw a mob protecting the white kangaroo from danger.
A Cute Name for a Cute Bird
The kookaburra is the name for this albino bird. Typically, they’re brown, with a light stomach and dark back. But this one is a white little puffball. These birds are known for their call, which sounds like chuckles and a shrieking laugh. They do it at dawn and dusk to notify all the others that this is their territory.
Kookaburras live in Australia and they eat snakes that are up to three feet long!
Try to guess the next albino animal. This one lives in the water.
Pinky the Baby Albino Dolphin
This little fella was swimming in Lake Calcasieu of Louisiana when onlookers were amazed by its very light pink skin. Pinky has been living in this lake for at least eight years.
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Since albinism is genetic, Pinky’s parents must have both had the recessive gene and passed them on to Pinky.
Yes, These are Actually White Black Bears
These aren’t polar bears. The Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia inhabits a group of white black bears. They’re also known as Kermode bears or “spirit bears” and they’re not technically albino. They have a recessive mutation in the same gene that redheaded humans have. They’re actually common in this area, with a ratio of 40 to 100 black bears.
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Hunting them is illegal. If you kill one, you could be fined up to $104,000.
Next, ravens aren’t all black…
Who Said Ravens Have to be Black?
Several white have been seen on Vancouver Island, Canada. There are many tales and legends about these mystical white birds, from Greek mythology to Native American stories.
One common theme is that ravens were originally white, but their acts turned them black forever. Some rare ravens and crows are leucistic, with white feathers mixed in with black.
No, This Alligator Wasn’t Painted White
This is Claude. He’s an albino alligator who lives at the California Academy of Sciences, where he’s been for the last 10 years. On his fifteenth birthday, the crew actually threw him a birthday party with cake and hats. He’s now 23 and could live to be 80.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t blend well with other alligators. For a year, he lived with another gator named Bonnie, but she wasn’t a fan. He has poor eyesight due to the albinism, so he kept bumping into things and she bit him on the leg.
Manukura: The Fluffball Kiwi
Manukura is a type of bird called a kiwi that is native to New Zealand. And she looks like a little snowball. She lives at the Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.
When she was six months old, she got two stones stuck in her gizzard. The vets were able to use lasers to break the rocks and she recovered. Birds eat stones to aid their digestion.
The Albino Python: A Popular Pet
Pythons are constrictor snakes, which means they squeeze their prey to death by suffocating it. But people see past this and tend to collect them as pets. This snake is Ball Python. Normally, they’re dark brown with lighter brown splotches.
Albino ball pythons are actually a popular pet, so breeders will select snakes for mating to make the albinism visible. Breeders discovered the albino ball python, so they make a variety of other color variations as well to sell to people.
Luna, the albino eastern screech owl, fell out of his nest as a chick, but he was found him brought him to Peace River Wildlife Center in Florida. It might be for the better because he has no camouflage to protect against predators.
Raccoons, hawks, and even other larger owls are all predators of eastern screech owls. But here, she’s safe and a beloved sight for all visitors.
The Largest and Whitest Porcupine in the World
This porcupine is not only the largest porcupine in the world, but it’s also strikingly white. The African crested porcupine lives in North and sub-Saharan Africa and Italy.
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When they feel threatened, they sprout their quills into a crest, stomp their feet, click their teeth, and shake their quills.
Sporting Red and White: The Leucistic Cardinal
Unlike other male cardinals who are red with a black face and females are brown with red-tinged feathers, this cardinal is different. But regardless of their coloration, cardinals are songbirds and travel in pairs.
Cardinal pairs travel around looking for the perfect spot to build their nest.
A Mix Between a Dalmatian and a Shark?
If this shark was a dog, it would be a Dalmatian. This is a spotted, leucistic nurse shark. Many shark species have to continuously swim to breathe, but not nurse sharks.
Nurse sharks use a “buccal pumping” method to get water flowing through their gills. Their mouth brings in water and as a result, nurse sharks can lounge on the seafloor as often as they want.
Too Amazing Not to Include
Yes, we know we already showed you an albino turtle. But this photo was too amazing not to include in our list of albino animals.
Just look at this little guy. Strikingly white against his black counterparts. A beautiful sight makes a beautiful photo.
A Beautiful White Beast: The Albino Doberman
Michigan State University researchers have found that albino Dobermans and humans with albinism have a common genetic cause. There’s a mutation that occurs in humans as well as albino dogs, where they lack proteins that cause skin cells to have color.
Despite their beautiful coat, albino Dobermans are highly sensitive to sunlight and are more likely to get cancer.
The Albino Rhino: Finally a Rhyming Name
The name white rhino comes from the Afrikaans, a West Germanic language, in which the word “weit” which means wide, referring to the rhino’s mouth. They are the second largest land mammal.
It’s been reported that there are only three northern white rhinos left in the world. And one is suffering from an infection and might not make it.
The White Tiger: As Exotic as it Gets
It’s not the best news, but white tigers are very popular with breeders and exhibitors because they attract more visitors and more money. White tigers are Bengal tigers and they’re actually not albino or their own separate species.
White tigers are the result of two Bengal tigers mating that carries a recessive gene controlling coat color. Experts think that the entire captive white tiger population came from one single white tiger and they’ve been inbred ever since.
Nothing Short of Strange: The Albino Tapir
This animal was spotted in Brazil. It was a local legend among the natives of southeastern Brazil’s Atlantic rain forest. They spotted a pure-white tapir, a piglike animal that’s normally dark brown.
National Geographic photographer Luciano Candisani captured the ghostly beast on film.
The Albino Squirrels of Olney, Illinois
The small town of Olney, Illinois found itself crowded with albino gray squirrels. The story goes that in 1902, someone brought a few albino squirrels to a saloon, and were put on display. They were eventually released and reproduced.
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The town embraces their squirrels, making it their trademark. They even have a law that states that squirrels have the right of way on streets! And harassing the squirrels constitutes a fine of up to $750.
Not the Prettiest Bat on Campus
This albino bat was spotted in Connecticut, and the woman quickly took out her camera to capture an image of the creature of the night.
This bad may be argued as somewhat cute, but he is still frightening to many, including us!
The Little Hedgehog That Could
This a rare version of the African Pygmy hedgehog and they are popular pets. People may confuse them with porcupines, but they’re different.
Unlike the porcupine, hedgehogs have smooth quills, making them a lovable pet and not so much a dangerous predator.