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Omo, the white Giraffe: This rare African animal looks like it's from a Pixar movie


When you think of a giraffe, probably the last colour that comes to your mind is white.

This white giraffe was named 'Omo', after a local detergent. Image courtesy: I-Love-Africa/Facebook

This white giraffe was named 'Omo', after a local detergent. Image courtesy: I-Love-Africa/Facebook

The kind of stuff we usually see in cartoons or imagine as kids is now present in the real world. A rare white giraffe, which was first spotted in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park, was spotted and photographed again, reported CBSNews.

The giraffe was named 'Omo' after a popular local brand of detergent. "It is very rare, this is only the second record of a white giraffe in Tarangire over the past 20 years or so, among more than 3,000 giraffes in the area," the report quoted Wild Nature Institute (WNI) principal scientist Dr Derek Lee as saying.

The giraffe's white skin is because of a condition called leucism, in which pigment cells fail to develop because of which the skin lacks the ability to make pigment.

According to CNN, Omo's condition makes her more vulnerable to poachers, who can spot her more easily. This is also worsened by the fact that giraffes are a threatened species.

However, Omo has survived the first year of life, a time considered to be very dangerous for wild giraffes because they often get killed and eaten by lions, hyenas and leopards.

First Published On : Jan 27, 2016 18:01 IST

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