Incredibly Rare White Giraffe Spotted! See The Majestic Proof — And Find Out Why It’s In So Much Danger!

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Talk about unique!

A 15-month-old white giraffe by the name of Omo was spotted with a pack around the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania.

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Dr. Derek Lee, founder and scientist at the Wild Nature Institute snapped a photo of the rare animal (above) and explained Omo’s coloring — which is a genetic condition. Lee revealed:

“Omo is leucistic, meaning many of the 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.”

Derek went on to dish:

“Omo is the only pale giraffe we are currently aware of, but we have also observed leucistic waterbuck, cape buffalo and ostrich in Tarangire.”

As beautiful and rare as Omo is, the scientist also explained that the animal’s unique coloring makes him a target for poachers.

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Luckily the Wild Nature Institute is doing their best to protect the giraffe saying:

“We and our partners are working on giraffe conservation and anti-poaching to help give Omo and her relatives a better chance of survival.”

We absolutely LOVE Omo already and hope he has a long and healthy life!

[Image via I Love Africa/Facebook.]

Jan 26, 2016 2:09pm PDT

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