Meet the black and white giraffes – one of the rarest animals on Earth

One thing we all agree on, giraffes are awesome! They are a symbol of Africa and can be found all over the continent.
These creatures are already beautifully dressed in their normal skin, but here I present to you the Black Melanistic Giraffe and the White Leucistic Giraffe.

Melanism is a genetic disease that affects an animal’s melanin causing it to appear black in color, the opposite of albinism.

Melanism is more common in some animals than others, for example, the black panther is just a melanistic leopard/jaguar.

In giraffes, being a melanistic adult is extremely rare, most of the time they will be killed when they are children, in particular because of the lack of natural camouflage.

When we think of a white animal, we usually think of albinism, which is true in most cases. But albinism affects all pigments in the body, which means even the eyes turn pink.

The white giraffe is actually leucistic, which is akin to albinism, but means that some pigments have retained their original color.

See a very rare video of a white giraffe and her calf from 2 years ago.

Now there is only one white giraffe left in the world, this is mainly due to poaching, as well as their struggle to fit in with the wild.

Pigment defect usually indicates other health issues such as skin cancer, weakened immune system and more.

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