Six months ago, a white kangaroo was spotted in Australia‘s Queensland region, and many believe this is the same animal.
In Queensland, an Australian woman spotted a rare white kangaroo. After catching a glimpse of the animal bounding at a property outside Longreach, the woman was taken aback.
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The photos of the kangaroo were taken by Sarah Kinnon and posted on the Outback Pioneers Facebook page. The photos went viral quickly.
“I was just out with my husband, we were dropping some rams back to the paddock, and there was a white kangaroo,” it was pretty incredible to see it, if you put a white sheet of paper next to it, that’s how white it was,” she told ABC news.
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Kangaroos are an everyday part of life for Australians. A white marsupial, on the other hand, is extremely rare.
“It blew me away,” Ms Kinnon said.
A white kangaroo was spotted in the same area six months ago, but Ms Kinnon was not equipped with a camera at the time.
“I just chucked my daughter to my husband, got my camera and that’s about all I had time for,” she told the news channel.
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What is a white kangaroo?
Author Simon Watharow explained to the Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference in 2016 that a white kangaroo can be divided into two groups.
Albino: A congenital disorder characterized by a partial or total lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes. This is caused by a genetic mutation that causes a defect in the enzymes involved in the production of melanin.
Leucistic: This condition occurs in animals when a portion or all of their skin, feathers, or scales fail to develop due to a defect in the pigment cells. It can only affect a small portion of the body’s surface. As a result, the overall individual has normal pigmentation of the eyes – dark versus red in albinos.
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According to Queensland Museum Curator of Vertebrates Paul Oliver, the kangaroo’s photo shows it has black eyes. “That implies it isn’t an albino.”