Extremely rare 'blonde' zebra photographed
Images confirm that zebra with albinism can survive in the wild, say scientists.
Near a watering hole in a quiet valley in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park on February 17, photographer Sergio Pitamitz hoped to capture some images of migrating zebras. As dozens of the animals slowly meandered into the clearing, he spotted something unusual in the middle of the herd: A pop of white.
“At first I thought it was a zebra that had rolled in the dust,” says Pitamitz. But as he watched the animal wade into the water and start drinking, he noticed that the “dust” wasn’t washing off. Excitedly, he snapped away.
The golden-colored zebra likely has partial albinism, a condition very rarely seen in zebras, confirm several scientists, including Greg Barsh, a geneticist at the HudsonAlpha