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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But even the sun can be an enemy to albino animals.
Since albino animals can't produce pigments, they're unable to protect their skin.
Wildlife experts encourage people to feed albino animals as they often struggle to survive.
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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!