Albinism can occur in almost all species. In fact, it is not hard to find a photo on the internet of albino animals. But an albino panda was not one of those until recently that is. Scientists at Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China have released the first known photograph of an albino panda. The photo was taken in April on the reserve. A motion-activated camera was used. The photo is stunning with the all-white panda standing out against a backdrop of greenery.
It is believed that the Panda is between the age of 1 and 2 years of age according to a statement released by the Wolong National Nature Reserve. Also in the statement, it is stated that a whitening mutant gene is present in the Wolong panda population. It is believed to be an albino because the panda has red eyes, white fur, and white claws. It is also believed to be one of the first photographs taken of an albino giant panda.
The panda appears to be in a healthy condition. But the chances of an albino panda surviving in the wild is much lower than a normal panda. The reason being is that albinos are easier for predators to see because of the white color.
Animals that are albino do not produce the normal amount of melanin. Because of the low melanin level, albinos have light hair, skin, and eyes. People can also be albino.
The Wolong National Nature Reserve Hopes To Capture More Images
It is the hopes of the people at the Wolong National Nature Reserve, that more photographs of this beautiful albino panda will be captured. For that reason, additional cameras have been set up at the reserve. If images arise, we will all get to enjoy this rare albino panda bear. But for now, the panda remains elusive except for that one photo. Thankfully, we all have this one image to hold on to and admire.