Giraffes are known as the longest animal as ever seen and according to their genetic origin their color will be orange. Recently a new baby was born and it is so cute and its color is white. Because of having color like that an illnesses is called Leucism. Dr Derek Lee has taken responsibility for white Giraffe Omo. And Dr Derek Lee has given an interview to a newspaper.
He told that “Omo is leucistic, meaning many of the skin cells are incapable of making a pigment. Some are, so she is pale but not pure white, with red or blue eyes, as a true albino would be,”
And also “White Giraffe Omo is the only pale giraffe we are currently aware of, but we have also observed leucistic waterbuck, Cape buffalo and ostrich in Tarangire. Omo appears to get along with the other giraffes, she has always been seen with a large group of normally coloured giraffe, they don’t seem to mind her different colouring.” He said that.
Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals explained white giraffe Omo fits into other animals. And Dr Derek Lee stated that also “Omo is now 15 months old. She survived her first year as a small calf, which is the most dangerous time for a young giraffe due to lion, leopard and hyena preying on them. Her chances of surviving to adulthood are good but adult giraffes are regularly poached for bush meat, and her colouration might make her a target.”
They expected that Omo will have itself babies whose colour is white also and they want to protect it from poacher. Dr Derek Lee continued with his explanations that ““We and our partners are working on giraffe conservation and anti-poaching to help give Omo and her relatives a better chance of survival. We hope that she lives a long life and that someday she has calves of her own.”