Albinism in animals


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Other species, such as white peacocks, swans and geese, are not believed to be true albinos, as they do not appear to have red eye pigmentation. Instead their colouration is suggested to be the result of a white fur or feather gene, rather than a lack of melanin.

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Albinism is a congenital disorder characterised by a partial or total lack of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. This is caused by a lack of or defect in the enzymes involved in the production of melanin, resulting from a genetic mutation. Some of the more commonly known species include rabbits and mice, but there are others out there who share this lack of pigmentation.

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