Albino Elephant

by Trevor Kaltenbrunn
(Benoni)



While on holiday at Mjejane (border Kruger) we spotted this Elephant, amongst the herd, that seems to be an Albino. He was very pink on his under body and ears and his eyes were also red. Can some one please tell me if they think this is an Albino or not.


Trevor Kaltenbrunn

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Mar 16, 2011
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It seems like an albino elephant
by: Mario

Hi Trevor

Here is the reply from Johan...

I had a look at the pics. Cannot see that well but from what Trevor describes it definitely sounds like an albino. An albino animal usually has complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin, whereas Vitiligo is a disorder that causes depigmentation of patches of only skin.

The eyes of an albino animal appear red because the colour of the red blood cells in the underlying retinal blood vessels shows through where there is no pigment to obscure it. So from what he describes is sounds like an albino.

Regards

Johan

Mar 15, 2011
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White blotches
by: Mario

Hi Trevor

I see the elephant has a few white blotches on his skin. I have asked Dr Johan Marais, the Wildlife surgeon at Onderstepoort clinic, if he knows.

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