Rare white giraffe spotted in Tanzania

New Delhi: An extremely rare white giraffe has been spotted at Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

The giraffe calf has a condition called Leucism, in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in animals resulting in white coloration of skin. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin.

“Her body surface cells are not capable of making pigment, but she is not an albino.  We were lucky enough to resight her again this January, almost exactly one year later,” Wild Nature Institute in a blogpost.

“We are thrilled that she is still alive and well,” it wrote.

A local guide has named her “Omo” after a popular detergent brand.

(Image courtesy: Wild Nature Institute)

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