Tiny white tortoise baby is the “first of its kind”

The one-month-old albino tortoise recently made its first appearance at the zoo alongside its 220-pound mother. (Image credit: Tropiquarium Servion)

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An extremely rare baby white turtle has just been shown to the world for the very first time. The tiny, red-eyed reptile has pigment-less skin and a pale carapace caused by a genetic disorder known as albinism. Zookeepers say there is a 1 in 100,000 chance of an albino turtle.

The white tortoise is one of two Galápagos giant tortoises (Chelonoidis niger), which recently hatched at Tropiquarium, a zoo in Servion, Switzerland. The pair of eggs were laid by a 220-pound (100-kilogram) female on February 11; The albino baby hatched on May 1st and its darker sibling emerged on May 5th. The baby turtles weighed just 50 grams each at birth and were initially hand-reared by keepers in incubators before being returned to their mother at the zoo in June 3, acc Reuters.

https://www.livescience.com/albino-galapagos-giant-tortoise Tiny white tortoise baby is the “first of its kind”

Russell Falcon

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