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...


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.”


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



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...


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


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."


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.


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

------------------------------============ Zetas ============--------------------------

ZT on White Buffalo Legend


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
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.


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Comment by Scott on October 2, 2017 at 11:01pm

Meet this albino owl (September 30, 2017)

This albino Saw-whet owl, Tikka, was born without eyes and is now under the care of the good folks at Orphaned WildLife Rehabilitation Society [in Delta, British Columbia].

O.W.L. is a non-profit who rescue, rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned raptors – owls, eagles, hawks and falcons. 




Comment by Scott on September 23, 2017 at 6:31am

A birdwatcher was delighted to find an albino hummingbird at one of her family’s feeders in Amagansett [New York] earlier this month (September 21, 2017)

The hummingbird was normal in every other respect — size, flight pattern, etc. — but pure white with red eyes and a pink bill, the characteristics of true albinism. Alexandra and her mother watched the white hummingbird for several hours as it came and went frequently to feed. Alexandra went so far as to put a feeder in her hand as she sat motionless, letting the bird feed a few inches from her.

It is the time for hummingbirds to migrate south. Some go all the way to Central America. The white hummingbird hung around for several days, but then disappeared.


Comment by Scott on September 20, 2017 at 11:45pm
Rare albino groundhog spotted on campus (September 17, 2017)

A rare albino groundhog has been spotted on Poe Field [New Jersey] near the softball diamond. The animal was sighted eating grass on the field before running beneath a shed.

Little is known about the frequency of albinism in groundhogs, but the condition is rare in any species — in North America, it occurs once in every 20,000 human births.


Comment by Scott on September 17, 2017 at 1:15am

Albino wombat spotted (September 10, 2017)

A rare albino wombat has recently been spotted on consecutive days in Canunda National Park [Australia].

The lucky finder was Southend resident Corinne Tedham, who was four-wheel-driving in the park with her husband Bruce, who is a retired lobster fisherman.

It is a popular pastime for the couple and they often see wombats, but never before one with a white appearance.

Ms Tedham approached the wombat and took some photographs before it ran off into the scrub.


Comment by Derrick Johnson on September 15, 2017 at 6:51am

Rare WHITE giraffes are spotted in Kenya and captured on video for the first time

  • Pair of white giraffes, a mother and child, suffer from a condition called leucism
  • Footage of the giraffes was filmed in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservacy in Kenya
  • Only two sightings of similar animals have been made in Kenya and Tanzania

A pair of rare white giraffes, a mother and child, have been spotted in Kenya and captured on video for the first time.

The unique giraffes suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which prevents pigmentation in skin cells and results in a white, pale colour.

Unlike albinism where there is only an absence of melanin, leucism is a condition that is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment. 

Rumours had circulated of a white giraffe and her baby in the local area of the Ishaqbini conservation but it wasn't until recently that rangers finally got to see them 

Rumours had circulated of a white giraffe and her baby in the local area of the Ishaqbini conservation but it wasn't until recently that rangers finally got to see them 

After a tip off in June, conservationists spoitted the rare white giraffes in Garissa County 


The footage of the distinctive giraffes was filmed in the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservacy in Kenya's Garissa county by conservationists after locals tipped them off.

Earlier this year in June, Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP) said in a blog post that the giraffes were first reported by a local villager.

'They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence.' 

 'The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signalling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes.'

According to HCP, other than the video, only two known sightings have been made in Kenya and Tanzania. The very first report of a white giraffe in the wild was in January 2016 in Tarangire National park, Tanzania and the second in March 2016 in Ishaqbini conservancy, Garissa county, Kenya.

It is thought that it is the first time anyone has captured video footage of the rare sighting. 

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4883158/White-giraffes-spot...

Comment by SongStar101 on September 14, 2017 at 7:59am

Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya conservation area

A pair of giraffes with leucism, a condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells, have been filmed by conservationists for the first time


A pair of rare white giraffes have been spotted in Kenya, to the delight of local residents and conservationists.

The reticulated giraffes, a mother and child, suffer from a genetic condition called leucism, which inhibits pigmentation in skin cells. Unlike albinism, animals with leucism continue to produce dark pigment in their soft tissue, which explains the white giraffes’ dark eyes and other colouring.

Comment by Derrick Johnson on August 15, 2017 at 6:20am

Swedish explorer captures extremely rare white moose on camera after three years of searching for the elusive animal

  • White moose was filmed wading into a deep stream before exiting the other side
  • Only 100 white moose live in Sweden and the video is going viral 
  • The explorer Hans Nilsson looked for the animal for three years 

A video showing an extremely rare white moose in Sweden has captured the world's interest.

Explorer Hans Nilsson spotted the animal after searching for a glimpse of one for three years.

He saw the moose on the banks of a stream in Värmland, Sweden. The video he posted online has been viewed more than a million times on Facebook.

Rare white moose heads into the water in western Sweden. There are only 100 in the country

Rare white moose heads into the water in western Sweden. There are only 100 in the country

The video shows the moose entering the stream. The water goes up to its neck before it climbs out the other side and shakes its entire body.

The moose then starts eating leaves before turning and staring directly at the photographer.

'It was a great feeling when you see such a unique animal that is not at all concerned with people,' he told a Swedish radio station. 'It is a stately moose.'

There are only 100 white moose in the country, compared to over 400,000 of the common brown moose. 

The animals aren't supposed to be white, but the rare color comes from a genetic mutation. They are not albino. 


Comment by M. Difato on August 14, 2017 at 4:54pm

 Rare Pink Elephant Caught On Camera

"..The pink elephant was spotted playing with other elephants in a waterhole in the South African savannah at the Kruger National Park — South Africa’s first national park and home to more than 11,000 elephants. Why is it pink? It’s an albino elephant of course, as the person behind the camera says these type of elephant sightings are extremely rare, with only 3-4 being recorded in photographs.

Check out the elephant below.


“It’s important to note, right through the video, that there was no lack in attention, love or care for the little pink one from the other adults. It was never treated in any other different way or manner. After a 22 month gestation period, elephant babies are a huge investment to a herd, no matter what they look like.”

Read more at http://www.craveonline.com/mandatory/1310579-rare-pink-elephant-cau...

Comment by Scott on August 10, 2017 at 7:42am

Twinkle the albino hedgehog at Wildlife Orphanage in Selby, Yorkshire  (August 8, 2017)

Twinkle the remaining albino hedgehog at Wildlife Orphanage in Selby, Yorkshire.

Wildlife Orphanage, a hedgehog charity in Yorkshire, knows of a litter of at least three albino hedgehogs in the Selby [United Kingdom] area.

They are currently caring for one of the eight-week old babies, who has been named Twinkle, but another has tragically died and a third has been spotted by a member of the public.


Comment by Scott on August 6, 2017 at 7:07am

Search Engine received this cool photo of an albino squirrel from St. Catharines [Ontario, Canada] reader Linzi de Groot. “He’s a regular visitor behind our North St Kitts ravine home.” (August 8, 2017)


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