Rare albino panda caught on camera for second time ever

A motion-activated camera captured the all-white bear as it traversed a huge wildlife reserve in the highlands of China’s Sichuan province. It is only the third documented sighting of the animal, which was seen as a pup in May 2019 and captured by similar devices in the vicinity in 2020.

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Rare albino panda caught on camera once again

The latest video, which shows him interacting with common pandas, is intended to establish for the first time that other pandas tolerate his strange appearance. While one photograph shows an older panda chasing him, other images show him playing and being chased by black and white pandas.

According to Li Sheng, a researcher at Peking University, “so far we can say that the white panda is doing very well in its species group and in the natural environment.” “Further research is needed to determine if their gene will be slowly inherited and passed on in the small panda population.”

There are no known cases of pandas with albinism, a rare genetic defect that prevents them from producing melanin for the color of their skin. The albino panda lacks the species’ characteristic black markings and has unique red eyes. None of the features are believed to have harmed the animal, which the scientists described as “healthy-looking.”

The cameras were placed very strategically.

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The cameras that captured the images were strategically placed throughout the Wolong National Nature Reserve in hopes of monitoring the white panda after researchers determined its likely patterns.

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There are currently fewer than 1,900 wild pandas, most of which live in southwestern China. The World Wide Fund for Nature downgraded the species from endangered to vulnerable after successful repopulation efforts, though it remains dependent on human-led conservation efforts.

Pandas are usually instantly recognizable for their cute and attractive appearance, characterized by their black and white fur pattern and soft facial expression.

Pandas are large, bear-like mammals. They have a stocky build and are generally larger than other bear species. An adult panda can reach a height of about 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 centimeters) at the shoulder when on all fours.

Their primary fur coloration is white, which covers most of their body. However, pandas also have distinctive black patches on their ears, eye patches, limbs, and shoulders. These black patches create a striking contrast to the white fur. Rarely, this panda is the only known albino panda in the world. Isn’t it fascinating?

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