The Cutest White Giraffe ‘Omo’
First spotted last year, Omo is the only white leucistic giraffe known to the world. Understandably, she got people pretty excited when she was first discovered, but experts warned that she might be rejected by her group because of her odd color.
Recently, concerns for her well being had been raised again because she had not been spotted in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park since she was a young calf.
But thankfully, the one of a kind animal has recently been spotted alive and well…
Ecologist and Wild Nature Institute (WNI) founder Derek Lee says the spotting is great news, but that she’s still at risk:
“She survived her first year as a small calf, which is the most dangerous time for a young giraffe due to lion, leopard and hyena preying on them.”
“Her chances of surviving to adulthood are good but adult giraffes are regularly poached for bush meat, and her coloration might make her a target.”
Omo is leucistic, meaning some of her cells are incapable of making pigment. But unlike albino individuals, she doesn’t lack melanin everywhere.
“Omo is the only pale giraffe we are currently aware of,” Lee said. Rather appropriately, she’s named after a popular brand of detergent.
What a magnificent animal! (h/t Huffington Post)