In A Sad Day for Wildlife, Poachers Have Killed Two Rare White Giraffes Leaving Only 1 In the World

4The animals became a viral phenomenon in 2017

The white Giraffes first made headlines in 2017 when the mother was discovered alongside her calf. Soon the authorities noticed a second calf and the family of three live a free life on the national reserve without any incident. They generated a lot of interest among wildlife enthusiasts and experts including National Geographic and other wildlife agencies who carried reports on them in the media.

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5A long-term loss and research on the animals are now useless

The Giraffes were a major attraction where the family of three were the stars of the reserve. Visitors would frequently hide behind trees to get glimpses of the giraffes. One video of the giraffes on YouTube raked up a million views. The trio was also featured in USA Today, The Guardian and National Geographic among others. Ahmednoor said “This is a long-term loss given that genetics studies and research which were significant investment into the area by researchers, has now gone to the drain. Further to this, the white giraffe was in a big boost to tourism in the area.”

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6The mother and calfs became a viral sensation

The mother giraffe and her baby were found on the reserve in Kenya in early August by ranger at the Hirola Conservation Program and subsequently posted a video to YouTube that went viral. Viewers marvelled at the rarity of the animal. Many were quick to label the giraffes as albino but that was not the case. The animals suffer from a genetic condition called leucism which does not allow skin cells from producing pigment but only lets other organs like eyes to remain dark. It is a congenital condition where most animals suffering from it have pink eyes.

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7The white condition is sometimes found in other animals also

The condition of the white giraffes is not a rare one. It was first observed in a giraffe calf at the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. The condition resulted in the animals featuring white pale and patchy discoloration of their skin. In the giraffe’s cases, the entire mother and calves were completely white.

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