Meet Omo, the Remarkable Rare White Giraffe from Tanzania Africa

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Photo credit: Derek Lee / Caters News Agency

This amazing very rare African giraffe doesn’t have to stick her neck out to get noticed!

A 15-month-old naturally snow white giraffe called Omo is catching the eye at the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania for her pale white coat shade. A picture of her was snapped this month by the Wild Nature Institute, a North Carolina nonprofit run by a pair of wildlife biologists. Omo is leucistic, meaning many of skin cells are genetically incapable of making a pigment but some are, so she is very pale, but not pure white, with red or blue eyes as a true albino would be. Her markings are also much more faint and less distinct than normally colored giraffes.

She was last spotted around the same time in 2015.

Scientist Derek Lee told NBC News that Omo is extremely rare — only the second recording of a white giraffe in Tarangire over the past 20 years. Tanzania’s sixth-largest national park has some 3,000 of the mammals, known for their long necks and leopard-like spots.

See http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/italian-museum-covers-roman-nude-statues-during-iran-president-s-n504426

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