You might think albino squirrels are a rare site, and in most place, you’d be right. But not in Olney, Illinois. The town is famous for its population of white squirrels, whose line can be traced back to a male albino and female albino who started the whole thing in the early 20th century.
You might think this blonde penguin is an albino, but you don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s not an albino; it’s an isabelline. Isabellism is a form of leucism, which results in a partial loss of pigmentation.
Pinky the dolphin has been a local favorite in Louisiana for years, and, believe it or not, she’s a true albino. Other types of dolphin, like the Amazon river dolphin and the Chinese white dolphin, are naturally a pinkish hue, but are not albino. Pinky is albino, but looks pink instead of white because of the proximity of a dolphin’s blood vessels to its skin.
You might think albino kangaroos are a rare sight, and while they’re relatively uncommon compared to their normal-pigmented cousins, they’re easier to find than you’d guess. Because kangaroos are everywhere in Australia. They’re the cockroaches of Down Under.
Mike Crowley photographed this deer, named Broken Ear for it’s floppity left ear. Broken Ear is one of several on Crowley’s property. This image is fascinating for showing how Broken Ear’s albinism affects the velvet on the fawn’s antlers.
Spots was a snow-white alligator who lived at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, LA. Despite his coloring, Spots was not albino; he was leucistic, a similar condition that causes a partial, not total, loss of pigmentation. That’s why Spots’ eyes are blue, not pink. Anyway, he’s dead now.
Skunks are striped in their unique way as a clear sign to give them a wide berth. So woe is you if you run into an albino skunk. Knowing you, you’ll think it’s a cat or something and try to kick it. And then it’ll be tomato-juice-bath time for you.
What’s cuter than a chipmunk? Nothing. Albino chipmunks would be equally as cute if they didn’t have those creepy pink eyes. This albino chipmunk lived under cabin No. 14 Crow Wing Credit Lodge in Minnesota.
Snowflake was a famous gorilla who lived at the Barcelona Zoo in Spain from 1966 (when he was 2 years old) until his death in 2003. He died of a rare form of skin cancer related to his albinism, but not before fathering 22 children, plus 21 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. R.I.P. Snowflake.
This is Zoe. She’s a zebra who lives at Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Hawaii. Often called albino by some, Zoe is actually amelanistic, which is why she has those distinctive blonde stripes and ice-blue eyes.
Scientists found Alby the albino sea turtle in February 2016. He was the last of 122 hatchlings to leave his nest, emerging two days after his 121 brothers and sisters all had already split. Sadly, Alby’s chances for a long life were slim from the beginning. Even in normal hatchlings, only one in 1,000 reaches adulthood, and Alby’s albinism put him at a natural disadvantage for survival. R.I.P. sweet pal.