Brookfield Zoo in Illinois just welcomed an extraordinary rare visitor by the name of Snowflake — and everyone is very excited. You see, Snowflake is an albino alligator. And according to our research, there are only 12 albino alligators in the whole world right now.
So, when we say that Snowflake is rare, we really mean it.
Snowflake, the 16-year-old alligator, is one of the rarest animals on earth. The beautiful beast is a full 16 feet long.
Albinism occurs in alligators when both parents have the same recessive gene. Snowflake’s skin lacks the melanin necessary to darken it properly.
As you can see, instead of dark and swampy green, Snowflake’s skin is very light pink. Unfortunately, especially for alligators, that usually means animals born like Snowflake don’t last very long in the wild.
On top of sticking out like a sore thumb, Snowflake has a couple of other skin issues. Usually, alligators love the sun. Snowflake, though, has to be very careful because it will burn very quickly.
Luckily, St. Augustine’s Alligator Farm Zoological Park picked up Snowflake before a predator was able to. Generally, the alligator spends its days there, doing its thing.
For this summer, though, the lucky people of Illinois get to take a peek. We’re sure that people are very excited considering what a rarity they have on their hands.
Check out Snowflake in action in the video below:
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