albinism

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albinism

[′al·bə‚niz·əm]
(biology)
The state of having colorless chromatophores, which results in the absence of pigmentation in animals that are normally pigmented.
(medicine)
A hereditary, metabolic disorder transmitted as an autosomal recessive and characterized by the inability to form melanin in the skin, hair, and eyes due to tyrosinase deficiency.
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While sunscreen can't save wild albino animals, it can help those in captivity: When an albino kangaroo at the San Francisco Zoo was a baby, zookeepers applied regular doses of sunscreen to the roo's pigment-free pink ears and nose until thick, adult fur grew in to provide a more natural shield.
Albino Animals, by Kelly Milner Halls, Darby Creek Publishing, 2004.
AND ALBINO ANIMALS ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET GOBBLED UP IN THE WILD BECAUSE THEIR WHITE SKIN MAKES IT EASIER FOR PREDATORS TO SPOT THEM