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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Wildlife experts encourage people to feed albino animals as they often struggle to survive.
Turn the page to find out about other albino animals.
Don't look for many albino animals in the wild--their whiteness spells no natural protection against sunlight, and makes albinos too visible for hungry predators.
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