Extremely rare and wonderful white giraffes caught on camera for the first time in history

To the surprise of locals and environmentalists, a pair of rare white giraffes have been discovered in Kenya!

The reticulated giraffes — a mother and youngster – have leucism, a hereditary disease that prevents melanin in skin cells.

Extremely rare and wonderful white giraffes caught on camera for the first time in history

Unlike albinism, animals with leucism continue to develop dark pigment in their soft tissue, which explains the black eyes and other coloring of white giraffes.

Conservationists discovered the giraffes in Kenya’s Garissa county’s Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy after local villagers alerted them.

The two white giraffes observed by rangers at the Hirola Conservation Program in Kenya in early August had a hereditary disease known as leucism.

Extremely rare and wonderful white giraffes caught on camera for the first time in history

This uncommon illness causes a partial loss of pigment in an animal’s skin, hair, or scales but not in other organs such as the eyes.

Other animals are white because they have albinos, a congenital disease that prevents color production in the animal’s skin, hair, scales, and eyes.

As a result, leucistic animals may have black eyes, whereas albino animals typically have pink eyes.

Extremely rare and wonderful white giraffes caught on camera for the first time in history

(The pink tint is caused by blood vessels inside the eyes, which can be seen through colorless irises.)

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