Rare Albino Hummingbird in Virginia9/28/2011

An extremely rare albino Ruby-Throated Hummingbirdhas been captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Source: http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2011/09/28/rare-albino-hummingbird-i...

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What is an albino?  It is a species which is born all white with little or no pigment on their skin, hair or fur.  Here are some more recent appearances...

 

Albino like Penguin Spotted

January 15, 2012

This blond penguin has Antarctic Scientists puzzled.

Photo Credit: David Stephens/Lindblad Expeditions

Discovery News

This blond, albino-like penguin was spotted at the edge of the South Shetland Islands by tourists and naturalist David Stephens.

They were all aboard the National Geographic Journey to Antarctica. Stephens, of the Lindblad Expeditions cruise company, which is running the cruise, wrote on his blog:

“Despite colorful variation in facial patterns, all penguins are decked in the standard black and white pattern. This is no accident. Counter-shading camouflage is so necessary to diving birds that all are fundamentally alike. But to our astonishment we found an exception. At the water’s edge stood a leucistic Chinstrap. This bird was whitish, but not quite an albino. Instead, it had pigmented eyes and a washed-out version of a Chinstrap’s normal pattern. Many wondered about this unusual bird’s chances of success. While odd coloration may make fishing a bit more difficult, leucistic birds are regularly found breeding normally.”

The leucistic penguins have a reduced level of pigmentation but still have pigmented eyes, according to National Geographic.

Penguins’ countershaded dark and white colors camouflage them from above from predators. Stephens wrote on his blog, “Many wondered about this unusual bird’s chances of success. While odd coloration may make fishing a bit more difficult, leucistic birds are regularly found breeding normally.”

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These Penguins regularly breed as any normal penguin do,  but why make a story out of it if not a big deal?  

 

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The White buffalo is an American bison (American buffalo) that is considered to be sacred signs in several Native American religions,   SOURCE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_buffalo

 

More info at this link source on Legends of Native American Indians

More info here at this blog: http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/ancient-indian-art-history...

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An albino snail?

Rare Albino Snail Discovered in New Zealand

SOURCE: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/rare-albino-snail-photog...
New Zealand Department of Conservation/via

Given their propensity for a less-than-speedy gait, it's no wonder snails evolved to blend in with their surroundings -- but for one snail in particular, genetics had other things in mind. Recently, while exploring the undergrowth in New Zealand's Kahurangi National Park, a group of hikers made an extraordinary discovery: a giant, albino Powelliphanta snail seeming to cope quite well with its bright-white appearance. The find is so rare, in fact, that even snail experts say this is only the second time they've ever seen anything like it.

The unusual snail was spotted by members of the Waimea Tramping Clubon a trek through a forest on New Zealand's South Island. Bill Brough, one of the first to see it, knew immediately they'd stumbled on something very special. "Our group had seen three or four snails already that morning as it had rained and they'd come out in the wet conditions. Then I saw the white snail and went wow! We were excited to see it, knowing how extraordinary it was."

Here is another video of the snail...just amazing!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNCuJvlvSug

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Extremely Rare Albino Dolphin Found Off Coast of South America

SOURCE: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2011/12/02/albino-dolphi...

An extremely rare albino dolphin was discovered by Brazilian biologists swimming off the southern coast of South America. 

The research group, based at Univille university in Santa Catarina, said Thursday that it was the first recorded instance of an albino in the pontoporia blainvillei species, a very shy type of dolphin that rarely jumps out of the water. It's known in Brazil as Toninha and in Argentina and Uruguay as the La Plata or Franciscana dolphin.

Since Herman Melville created the albino whale Moby Dick in 1851, rare albino marine mammals have held a special fascination.

Camilla Meirelles Sartori, the lead biologist of Project Toninhas, said she first saw the white calf with pinkish fins at the end of October. Her group photographed him in early November.

"We were surprised, shocked," Sartori said. "It's very small, and the color is really different. We didn't know what it was at first."

Sartori said the baby was with an adult, probably its mother. The young live on their mother's milk until they are six months old and remain dependent on the adult until they're a year old.

The species is endangered. Its dolphins have long, thin snouts and get easily tangled in fishing nets. They can drown or die of stress if not quickly released, Sartori said.

Since Herman Melville created the albino whale Moby Dick in 1851, rare albino marine mammals have held a special fascination.

Albinism is the lack of melanin pigments in the body, giving an individual very light or white skin and hair. Little is known about the genetic predisposition in dolphins because it's so unusual.

Sartori said the rarity of the baby spotted by her group only highlights the need to preserve the Bay of Babitonga in the southern Brazil state of Santa Catarina, where this population of endangered dolphins lives.

"Albino animals generally have fewer chances of survival because they have greater chances of being caught by predators," Sartori said. "Here, in this bay, they don't have natural predators. But there is a lot of environmental degradation from two ports, industrial and residential sewage, tourism. This is an another argument for its protection."

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Pink dolphin appears in US lake

The world's only pink Bottlenose dolphin which was discovered in an inland lake in Louisiana, USA, has become such an attraction that conservationists have warned tourists to leave it alone.

Pinky the rare albino dolphin has been spotted in Lake Calcasieu in Louisiana, USA Photo: CATERS NEWS

12:43PM GMT 02 Mar 2009

SOURCE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4927224/Pin...

Charter boat captain Erik Rue, 42, photographed the animal, which is actually an albino, when he began studying it after the mammal first surfaced in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary, north of the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern USA.

Capt Rue originally saw the dolphin, which also has reddish eyes, swimming with a pod of four other dolphins, with one appearing to be its mother which never left its side.

He said: "I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins, and I noticed one that was a little lighter.

"It was absolutely stunningly pink.

"I had never seen anything like it. It's the same color throughout the whole body and it looks like it just came out of a paint booth.

"The dolphin appears to be healthy and normal other than its coloration, which is quite beautiful and stunningly pink.

"The mammal is entirely pink from tip to tail and has reddish eyes indicating its albinism. The skin appears smooth, glossy pink and without flaws.

"I have personally spotted the pink dolphin 40 to 50 times in the time since the original sighting as it has apparently taken up residence with its family in the Calcasieu ship channel.

"As time has passed the young mammal has grown and sometimes ventures away from its mother to feed and play but always remains in the vicinity of the pod.

"Surprisingly, it does not appear to be drastically affected by the environment or sunlight as might be expected considering its condition, although it tends to remain below the surface a little more than the others in the pod."

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, senior biologist with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, said: "I have never seen a dolphin coloured in this way in all my career.

"It is a truly beautiful dolphin but people should be careful, as with any dolphins, to respect it - observe from a distance, limit their time watching, don't chase or harass it

"While this animal looks pink, it is an albino which you can notice in the pink eyes.

"Albinism is a genetic trait and it unclear as to the type of albinism this animal inherited."

A close relation of dolphins, the Amazon River Botos, called pink dolphins, live in South America in the Amazon.

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Wonder if people will also be born albino more frequently?  There are some stories of this and plenty of pics here on Google.  Here is a vid on it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWTgu1paGDs

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ZT on White Buffalo Legend

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ZT SOURCE: http://www.zetatalk.com/newsletr/issue032.htm

A rare albino dolphin was spotted in Louisiana.
 
http://www.zetatalk.com/theword/tworx561.jpg" align="right" height="240" hspace="0" width="320" />Rare Pink Dolphin Seen in Louisiana Lake
July 03, 2007
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,287938,00.html
A charter-boat captain from Lake Charles, La., photographed a rare pink dolphin a couple of weeks ago in Calcasieu Lake, an estuary just north of the Gulf of Mexico in southwestern Louisiana. According to Calcasieu Charter Service's Web site, Capt. Erik Rue was on the lake June 24 with fishing customers when five dolphins came into view - four normal-looking gray ones, and a bright pink one that appeared to be an adolescent.

The Zetas had predicted that more albinism would occur, as the core of the Earth roiled under the influence of the approaching Planet X. 

ZetaTalk Explanation 7/7/2007: We have explained that the reason the White Buffalo was a sign the Indians were watching for is due to increased albinism in animals as the core of the Earth swirls about in response to the approach of Planet X. Nancy has recorded the increase in albinism, the many reports, since the first White Buffalo appeared about 10 years ago. Indeed, this pink dolphin is another example. The rate of increase has not slowed, nor will it for some time!

And what is the reason for this increase in albinism? Cave creatures, fish or lizards living in caves, do not need pigmentation, and this adaptation is buried in our DNA. The emanations from the core seem to surface creatures like the emanations found in caves, so this particular DNA is triggered!

ZetaTalk Explanation 6/15/1996: Albinos occur naturally in all life forms, some with more rarity than others. What causes an albino to emerge is assumed to be a genetic quirk, where the normal production of color compounds is suppressed. This is the effect but not the cause, else why would life in dark caverns or the depths of the ocean be pale, without color? If color were a genetic quirk, then why the almost total absence of color in creatures living in darkness? Coloration is influenced by radiation, just as tanning takes place upon exposure to sunlight. What is little understood is that this phenomena has two switches, one increasing coloration under certain radiation frequencies, but another reducing coloration under a different set of radiation frequencies. The core of the Earth, emitting in greater bursts the radiation her caverns and deep water creatures are bathed in, is confusing her surface creatures. Thus, the White Buffalo, heeding the signals from the restless Earth, are heralding the approaching pole shift.

 

Have you seen or heard about any other albinos which are rarely seen? 

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White turkey in Northern Idaho  Posted 10-8-2019

"We’ve seen several the past few years. Two that hang around pretty regularly."

Comment by Scott on September 5, 2019 at 9:23pm

Albino hummingbird spotted in Chardon, Ohio (September 4, 2019)

An albino ruby throated hummingbird was spotted several times over the past week in the backyard of a home in Chardon, Ohio. Hummingbirds are attracted to the yard by a variety of plants and a hummingbird feeder. A short video of the albino hummingbird in flight was recorded by the homeowner Andrea Gutka and photos were taken by her friend Jim Smallwood.

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Comment by Poli on August 24, 2019 at 3:32pm

Germany/Schleiz in Thuringia - Albino roebuck (stag)
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Comment by Scott on July 24, 2019 at 6:17pm

Albino bat discovered in Waverly, Iowa (July 19, 2019)

A young albino bat was discovered hanging on the metal screen of the front door of a resident's house in Waverly, Iowa. The bat was taken in by Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project who are treating it for being underweight and dehydrated. The Project hopes to stabilize the health of the albino bat and release it to the wild.

https://www.facebook.com/BlackHawkWildlifeRehabilitationProject/pos...
https://kwwl.com/news/2019/07/22/albino-bat-spotted-on-waverly-woma...

Comment by Scott on July 21, 2019 at 4:58am

Albino porcupine spotted in Kennebunkport, Maine (July 16, 2019)

A juvenile albino porcupine has been discovered living on the grounds of the Seashore Trolley Museum located in Kennebunkport, Maine. The museum held a vote to name the albino porcupine and it is now called Marshmallow.

https://www.facebook.com/neerhs/posts/10157649501642932
https://www.facebook.com/neerhs/posts/10157655760602932
https://www.facebook.com/neerhs/videos/903635046637496
https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/07/19/Albino-porcupine-draws-crow...

Comment by Scott on July 13, 2019 at 6:12pm

(From August 2018) Two albino crows discovered in British Columbia, Canada

In August 2018, an albino crow in Gibsons, British, Columbia was saved from drowning and the attack of other crows, or perhaps ravens, who were driving him into the ocean. The albino crow, who was just a few months old, was not injured seriously and recovered quickly under the care of Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. He now lives permanently at the center and goes by the name Beano.
A couple weeks after Beano's rescue and just four or five blocks away, a second albino crow was found when he fell to the ground from a tree where he had been attacked by other birds. The second albino crow had severe head wounds however and died while in the care of the Gibsons wildlife center.

Beano

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3004298512915463&...
https://www.coastreporter.net/news/local-news/wildlife-rehab-centre...
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/white-ravens-crows-and-faw...

Comment by Scott on July 2, 2019 at 7:10pm

Albino otter spotted near Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

(March 26, 2019)
Alerted by wildlife enthusiasts about an albino otter in a country park in West Lothian, Scotland, Russell Parker set off early one morning to see it for himself. As he stood concealed behind trees along the park river, he saw the otter dive underwater and photographed it when it climbed out onto the branch of a submerged tree.
https://www.facebook.com/westlothiancouncil/posts/10156255976050838
https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/extremely-rare-...


(June 23, 2019)
Presumably the same albino otter can be seen swimming in another river in the same area of Scotland less than 10 miles away, as recorded in a video by trout fisherman Andrew Sutherland and posted to Facebook and Twitter:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=694360137692113
https://twitter.com/asutherland93/status/1143044653454958593

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/watch-as-extremely-rare...

Comment by Scott on June 30, 2019 at 3:55am

Albino hedgehog spotted on Shetland Islands, United Kingdom (June 22, 2019)

An albino hedgehog was photographed by Lisa Gifford during a walk with a friend in the late night twilight on the Shetland Islands off the northern coast of Scotland. “Something white in the distance caught our eye,” Lisa recalled. “I quickly got my phone out and zoomed in to take a few photos which sadly aren’t the best quality. We kept silent and watched him for a while until he became aware of our presence and turned to head off in the other direction.”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/656490927767577/permalink/234400564...
https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2019/06/26/albino-hedgehog-a-simmer-dim-...
https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1782580/all-whi...

Comment by Scott on June 11, 2019 at 4:46am

Albino woodchuck spotted in Lockport, Illinois (June 7, 2019)

An albino woodchuck (aka groundhog) was spotted at the Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve in Lockport, Illinois.
Paul Sevcik said, "I saw this white object along the edge of some tall grass and I stopped to take some photos of it." The woodchuck slowly walked back into the grass after he took the photos.

https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/news-events/the-buzz/extremely-...
https://www.facebook.com/WillCoForests/posts/10157850268095628

Comment by Derrick Johnson on May 27, 2019 at 6:33am

Rare albino panda is caught on camera roaming around nature reserve in southwest China 

  • The rare panda was spotted at the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China 
  • Bear specialist Li Sheng said albino panda was between one and two years old 
  • More than 80 percent of the world's wild pandas live in Sichuan, with the rest in Shaanxi and Gansu 

A rare all-white panda has been caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwest China

The spotless, red-eyed animal was photographed while trekking through the forest mid-April in at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan, said official news agency Xinhua on Saturday.

The panda is an albino between one to two years old, said Li Sheng, a researcher specialising in bears at Peking University.

A rare all-white panda has been caught on camera at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China

A rare all-white panda has been caught on camera at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China 

More than 80 percent of the world's wild pandas live in Sichuan, with the rest in Shaanxi and Gansu province.

There were about 548 giant pandas in captivity globally as of November, reported Xinhua.

The number living in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,000, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Famed for its 'panda diplomacy', in which China dispatches the rare animals to other countries as a symbol of close relations, Beijing has invested in different programmes to protect its furry ambassadors in recent years.

In 2018, China announced plans to create a bastion for giant pandas three times the size of Yellowstone National Park to link up existing wild populations and encourage breeding of the notoriously slow-reproducing animal.

At least 10 billion yuan ($1.45 billion) had been budgeted for the Giant Panda National Park in mountainous southwestern China state-run China Daily reported.

Pandas are currently listed as a vulnerable species, which means that while their survival is still threatened, conservation efforts have helped reduce their danger of extinction.

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7072427/Rare-albino-panda-... 

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