It's a tough life when you're born without melanin.

Albino animals look cute, but the lack of melanin in their bodies causes a fair amount of hardship for these pigment-challenged creatures. The complex polymer determines skin and hair color, and can impact vision and its development. This means that in addition to being far easier to spot by potential predators and prey, albino animals struggle with basic survival skills. Here are some of the common plights of albino animals, and other facts about their unique lives:

Albino Animals Reindeer
Albino Animals Peacock
Albino Animals Donkey
Albino Animals Porcupine
Cute But Challenged: The Difficult Life Of An Albino Animal
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Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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