It’s a wonderful thrill to catch a glimpse of wildlife in their natural habitat. Most of us rarely get to see exotic or unique creatures, unless it’s on TV or in a zoo.
Most wild animals are reclusive. This is because they try to avoid predators or anyone out of the ordinary. This is especially true in the untamed wilds around the globe. Only a select few can see them, like conservation workers.
Two of these workers got to witness a very special sight in Africa. While on a usual daily patrol, they caught a flash of white between the trees. That was unusual in and of itself. What could be moving through the trees with that kind of color?
So they stopped and waited patiently.
One of them wisely took out his cell phone. Their patience was rewarded when, from the trees, appeared a pair of giraffes, mother, and calf. But these weren’t ordinary giraffes. These were pure white! The workers watched as the giraffes emerged from the trees. It was obvious they sensed the humans’ presence but were not afraid. They pranced around the clearing, darting in and out of the trees. Almost like a game! The worker with his cell phone eagerly recorded it on video. One of the workers had this to say about the experience: “They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence. The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signaling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes – a characteristic of most wildlife mothers in the wild to prevent the predation of their young.” The video of the two giraffes prancing through the woods has gone viral. Not a huge surprise. To see white giraffes is incredibly unique.
But what makes them so white? Unlike what some people think, they are not albino. It’s another condition called “leucism,” where animals do not produce the pigmentation necessary for their typical coloring.
A variety of creatures can be affected by this genetic condition, including penguins, hippos, and eagles. And of course, giraffes. Considering the rarity of their condition, they are even more vulnerable to predators.
That makes them more elusive and quick to flee humans. Plus, baby giraffes die very frequently—more than half do not survive. So to see not one, but TWO pure white giraffes are especially rare.
Thank goodness the workers were smart enough to capture the moment for everyone else to see. It’s something that might not be topped for a long time!
Watch these beautiful creatures – they are like poetry in motion…
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