Sunday, June 3, 2018

Albino Kangaroos.. Standing out in a mob.



It's been a while since I've taken pics of kangaroos for the blog, how I would love to say I had taken these shots in the bush but I can't! Aimee and I went to the Perth Zoo yesterday to see the baby giraffe. Walking through the Australian bushwalk on the way out we came across the extraordinary sight of two rare albino kangaroos lying in the sun chillin' with the mob :) Albino kangaroos, or white kangaroos are quite rare. In an albino kangaroo 'the normal colouring is absent, and the kangaroo has white fur and sometimes (not always) pink eyes. As with all albino animals, albino kangaroos have a reduced amount of melanin pigment in the eyes, skin, and hair. Albino kangaroos rarely survive long in the wild. Their eyes and skin have increased sensitivity to sunlight, so they are more prone to sunburn. Their lack of camouflage (white colouring stands out in the wild) also makes them easy targets for predatory animals and birds of prey. Albino kangaroos often have impaired vision as well, so may find it more difficult to dodge predators'. So white they were hard to snap in the sunlight, aren't they lovely. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..


23 comments:

  1. ...I'd love to see a kangaroo in person!

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  2. Nice post. Beautiful pic.
    Greetings

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  3. Excelente trabalho e bela fotografia estão todos no descanso.
    Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    Livros-Autografados

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  4. They are beauties! Glad you posted them. Thanks PDP.

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  5. They all look a bit exhausted. Thanks for showing these guys, Grace!

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  6. Ah, you have included some roo photos just to show that you are a real Australian. Albino roo, how unusual.

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  7. Oh my goodness, they are lovely! Were these roos captured in the wild?

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  8. I didn't know all of that. Now I feel sorry for the albino roos. I'd like to know more about kangaroos in general, though. They are fairly tame where you live, right, and humans and kangaroos get along OK?

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  9. They look so sweet...but I wouldn't cross one!

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  10. I wonder if other kangaroos see the albinos as being different. There are a lot of albino wallabies on Tasmania's Bruny Island, but then we did kill off their only land predator, the Tasmanian Tiger.

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  11. gosh I didn't even know that there was such a thing about Albino Kangaroos

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  12. Interesting, but I gues most breeds of animals have the odd while albino. In the wild though none of them have much chance which is sad. Have a good week Diane

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  13. I had never an albino kangaroo Grace. The only time I went to the Perth Zoo was so, so hot that most animals were hiding!

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  14. Funny, someone just sent me a video of an albino moose.
    I have been in transition mode, moving to our mountain place. Soon I am going to sit down and see what all I have missed. I did see the pic of you. Wow! You're beautiful! Janey

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  15. At Caversham Wildlife Park I "met" some albino kangaroos, too (2013), but their eyes were black, lucky them. They were cute, Grace, but it was soooo hot that day, oh, my!

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  16. They are so cute! I'm glad they have someone to look after them.

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  17. Sweet pictures of the white ones. Too bad that albinism brings problems for the kangaroos.

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  18. They look very much like humans stretched out in that last photo. I hope the albinos have a somewhat safer life in the zoo.

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