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RARE WHITE GIRAFFES SPOTTED IN KENYA

By Didi Kashemwa / Published on Friday, 15 Sep 2017 12:35 PM / No Comments / 321 views

Two giraffes, a mother and a calf with abnormal white skin were spotted by local residents in Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, Garissa county and later the Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP) responsible for managing the area got a held of the two rare animals.

The giraffes have been excluded from being albinos, and revealed to be suffering from from a genetic condition called Leucism, which inhibits pigmentation in skin cells. According to HCP tracking them down wasn’t easy given that the mother Giraffe was aware of their condition and tried hard to protect her calf.

“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.

The video below shows a clip obtained of the two giraffes;

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