Rangers in Kenya capture rare video of white giraffes

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Sept. 13, 2017 at 12:49 PM
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Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A conservation group in Kenya shared video of two ultra-rare giraffes with white coloration caused by a genetic abnormality.

The Hirola Conservation Program posted a video to YouTube showing the two white giraffes, a mother and a baby, walking among some trees.

The group said the video was filmed by rangers in northeastern Kenya.

The giraffes' coloration is believed to be the result of a genetic condition called leucism, which differs from albinism in that it results in only a partial loss of pigmentation.

White giraffes were first reported in January 2016 in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park. The only confirmed sightings thus far have been in Tanzania and Kenya.

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