It all happened in mid-April, but until this Saturday the Chinese authorities did not communicate it officially. In the Wolong National Nature Reserve (Sichuan Province, China), about 2,000 meters high, an infrared camera captured the presence of a giant albino panda.
According to statements by the University of Beijing scientist, Li Sheng, “never before has any giant albino panda ever been registered in nature. The animal looked strong and its steps were firm, a sign that the genetic mutation may not have caused other consequences than its clear skin.”
The reserve plans to install more infrared cameras to observe its growth and how it interacts with other giant pandas in the area. The images allow to deduce that it is an animal of about 2 years.
Animals with albinism, lack of melanin or skin pigment, are often at greater risk from predators, since they can be seen more easily and have a less accurate sense of sight.
More than 80 percent of the world’s wild pandas live in Sichuan and according to the World Wildlife Fund there are only 1864 pandas left in the wild in the world.
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