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Incredibly Rare White Giraffe Spotted In Tanzania

Omo is a female giraffe named after a popular detergent brand because of her pale color. Dr. Derek Lee initially saw the giraffe in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, and snapped these pictures of her.

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The rest of her herd do not seem to notice or care about her color.

This condition is not albinism, but instead is called leucism, as explained by Dr. Lee:

“Leucism is when some or all pigment cells (that make color) fail to develop during differentiation, so part or all of the body surface lacks cells capable of making pigment,” he said. “One way to tell the difference between albino and leucistic animals is that albino individuals lack melanin everywhere, including in the eyes, so the resulting eye color is red from the underlying blood vessels.”

PIC BY DEREK LEE/ CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Omo the white giraffe) - Are you having a giraffe? These incredible snaps show a rare WHITE giraffe grazing in the African bush. Omo the white giraffe has been spotted roaming around Tarangire National Park, in Tanzania, along with the rest of her herd  who dont seem to notice her unusual colouring. Ecologist Dr Derek Lee, founder and scientist at the Wild Nature Institute, caught the pale giraffe on camera. Derek, 45, said: Omo is leucistic, meaning many of skin cells are incapable of making a pigment but some are, so she is pale  but not pure white with red or blue eyes as a true albino would be. SEE CATERS COPY.

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Images Source: Derek Lee / Caters News

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