The Daily Treat: Australia's Albino Kangaroo Is a 'Tail' of Survival
While her white coat is a thing of beauty, it also makes the rare animal susceptible to predators
Now here’s something you don’t see everyday.
At Australia’s Namadgi National Park, there lives an albino kangaroo with bright white fur and red ears. She stands in stark contrast to her eastern grey kangaroo relatives, whose grey fur is considered crucial to survival, helping provide camouflage from predators. But this rare animal, believed to be about 2 years old, has proven all perceived notions of the animal kingdom wrong.
“It’s no mean feat for this kangaroo to make it to 2 years old without being taken by wild dogs or foxes,” Brett McNamara, regional manager of the Australian Capital Territory Parks and Conservation Service, told Guardian Australia. “It’s vulnerable because of its color but also because it has poor hearing and eyesight, and it will be susceptible to sunburn because of its skin.”
Instead, the kangaroo has made herself at home with her mob – or group – of kangaroos, seeming “very comfortable” around them. But since albinism is incredibly rare in the species, McNamara said rangers would not be disclosing the location of the animal.
“There are plenty of hunters out there and I imagine they’d want to bag themselves a souvenir like this,” he said. Here’s hoping she’s quick! RELATED: Pretty in Pink Animals Who Wear the Color Better than Molly Ringwald