Albino Baby Kangaroo Born, Resembling Its Rare White Father

A rare albino eastern grey kangaroo has been born at Panorama Garden Estate on the Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne.

The baby kangaroo inherited its snow-white appearance from its father, who has a unique genetic mutation.

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An eastern grey kangaroo (left) has given birth to an albino kangaroo that looks just like his dad (right). Source: Daily Mail

Annemarie Van Rooy, the owner of the extraordinary kangaroo family, quickly noticed the new addition when the baby kangaroo peeked out of its mother’s pouch.

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Due to the genetic mutation, the joey looks nothing like its mother, who has dark grey and brown fur.

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The snow-white joey was born at Panorama Garden Estate on the Mornington Peninsula, southeast of Melbourne, last month. Source: Daily Mail

Instead, the baby kangaroo has lost pigmentation in its hair, eyes, and skin, making it completely white.

Panorama Garden Estate has a history of hosting albino kangaroos, with a mob of white and albino kangaroos living in the sanctuary.

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Van Rooy shared that they acquired their first albino kangaroos from Border Town around eight years ago, and there are now about nine in the mob.

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The albino kangaroo pops its head out of his mother’s pouch on the Mornington Peninsula on September 15. Source: Daily Mail

According to mammalogist Mark Eldridge, albino or white kangaroos occur in every 50,000 to 100,000 animals.

With an estimated 50 million kangaroos in Australia before the 2019-2020 bushfire season, there could be around 500 white or albino kangaroos in the country.

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Albino animals often face challenges in the wild, such as poor eyesight affecting hunting and difficulty finding a mate.

Poachers may also target them. However, the baby kangaroo born at Panorama Garden Estate, owned by Annemaree and her husband Nick, is safe within the wildlife sanctuary.

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The baby kangaroo’s fur is pure white compared to his mother’s dark grey and brown fur. The baby is seen in his mother’s pouch next to his father. Source: Daily Mail
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The albino kangaroo’s head sticks out of his mother’s pouch at Panorama Garden Estate, southeast of Melbourne. Source: Daily Mail
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There may only be about 500 white or albino kangaroos in Australia – and the animals are even rarer to spot in the wild. Source: Daily Mail
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It is ‘quite rare’ to get reports of albino kangaroos and wallabies in the wild, according to Mark Eldridge. Source: Daily Mail
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The albino kangaroo is seen in his mother’s pouch at Panorama Garden Estate. Source: Daily Mail
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Albino kangaroos can have issues with hunting due to their poor eyesight, finding a mate, and staying away from predators. Source: Daily Mail
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Mrs. Van Rooy and her husband, Nick, own the Panorama Garden Estate, which doubles as a wildlife sanctuary. Source: Daily Mail

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