Albinism is a condition that can affect creatures of many different species. Well, to be more specific, it’s not one condition — it’s a group of conditions. But what they all share in common is that they result in a loss of pigment in the skin.
The main symptom of this and the one that’s most widely recognized is extremely light hair and skin. Individuals with albinism can’t produce normal amounts of pigment, so they may have white hair and light, delicate skin. Albinism can also affect the eyes, which are often very light blue.
However, albinism can also cause other more serious symptoms. Melanin (pigment in the skin) is an important part of the optic nerve’s development. This means many individuals with these conditions are blind or extremely nearsighted. They are more susceptible to skin cancer as well, making it important for them to take steps to protect their skin and eyes from the sun.
Albinism affects about one in 18,000 to 20,000 people, but it’s not limited to humans. It’s seen in almost any animal, including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish. Here are 50 beautiful creatures of every variety with albinism.