Thursday, 21. August 2014
09. 05. 14. - 16:30
He's 'all white' as far as it goes....but this little kangaroo knows he is not like the others in his family.
Whitey the kangaroo is one of nature's oddities - an albino that would mark him out for death in the wild.
His genetic make up lacks a specific gene giving his fur the pigmentation that others have. He seems to know of his "otherness" and is hiding all the time in his mother's pouch after being born in the Serengeti Animal Park in Hodenhagen, Germany.
But he need have no fears about becoming breakfast for predators in captivity. Zoo bosses call his birth a sensation and hope he will become a star attraction in the years to come.
Park Boss Fabrizio Sepe said: "The probability of having such a white Bennett Kangaroo is one in 20,000. We are hoping he soon makes an appearance out of his mother Claudia's pouch. He is scared at the moment and spending all his time with her mother. It is as if she senses that he is different from the others but we think he is adorable."
Animal carer at the zoo Claudia Beck said: "Whitey is already six months old and should already have left the pouch. It is animal instinct though. In the wild as a white kangaroo you would have little chance of survival as it wouldn't be able to hide itself.
"He has nothing to fear here, but of course he doesn't know that yet. We hope that as he grows and he sees the other kangaroos around hopping about and enjoying life, he will make a move and join them. He is still just a little nervous."
Whitey will live as long as other kangaroos but will have to be moved out of bright sunshine from time to time because of his defect.
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