An Albino Afghan man poses for a portrait while waiting to procure a National Identity Card at an Afghan National Police station near the city of Mara Wara in Kunar Province, on June 25, 2012. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)
The albino Northern Leopard is even more rare than the green and black members of the family, who are now listed with a status of “Threatened” after years of being caught for food and scientific purposes.
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.
Wallaby baby “Albert” peers out of his pouch on April 7, 2011 at the Vogelpark Marlow animal park in Marlow, eastern Germany. Albino Albert, estimated three months old, has become the attraction of the park, due to his white coat and red eyes. AFP PHOTO/BERND WUSTNECK