2009-12-03

White gators - the rarest creatures in the world

At just a foot long, these white gators are two of the rarest creatures in the world.

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They were found in swamp land by a Louisiana fisherman and have now been given a new home in a New Orleans Zoo.

Weighing in at just over 14 pounds, the creatures are not albino, but are born with a genetic condition known as leucism, which means they have a reduction in all types of skin pigment.

Rendering them white in appearance bar a few freckles, these gators now join the other 10 white gators at Audubon Zoo, which is home to the total number known to exist in the world.

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