Giraffes are among the majestic visions to behold at any zoo exhibit. Their strange shape, elegance, and calm behavior make them fascinating to watch.
Giraffes are also the tallest land animal on earth with their legs alone being taller than most humans. Apart from that, they are also distinguished from other animal species by their distinctive spot patterns.
Meanwhile, this rare sighting in Kenya conservation area shows a pair of white, completely spotless giraffes - a third known sighting in history! Isn't it an incredible feeling to see or hear about a discovery amidst news of animals becoming endangered or worse, extinct?
In the footage, both the female and her child giraffe have been suffering from leucism, a genetic disorder which results in the partial loss of color from an animal's skin, hair, or scales, but unlike albinism, the pigment cells in the eyes are not affected. Leucistic animals can have dark eyes while albino animals have pink eyes.
These two leucistic giraffes have been wandering around the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Kenya's Garissa county. The area is managed by the Hirola Conservation Programme (HCP).
The remarkable video was filmed by HCP rangers soon after the villagers near the forest tipped them off. Rumors had been circulating long before claiming that a white giraffe and her baby had been spotted in the local area, but it wasn't until months later that they had been finally caught on camera.
Due to heir inability to produce colorful pigments, giraffes and other animals with leucism are at greater survival risk against predators since they lose their ability to camouflage in their immediate environment. Naturally, bright white animals are easier to spot.
According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, more than half of all giraffes don't make it past six months of age as predators such as lions and hyenas target them.
In the comment section below HCP's YouTube video, viewers also expressed their concerns about the widely circulating images of these animals and their location making them easy victims of animal poaching.
Following the birth of a white giraffe in their refuge, the Tarangire National Park in Manyara Region, Tanzania guaranteed the giraffe's safety from poachers. HCP has yet to announce any precautionary measure about the matter.