by m1kek0b3 | September 7, 2015 8:31 pm
Some of the things on this list will dispel what you have learned in elementary school. For example, not all pandas are black and white. Not all tigers are orange with dark stripes. Yet, exceptions do exist and some animals are just born with very unique color genes. Read on to see which anomaly has made it to our list.
#1 Brown and White Pandas
We have always been told that pandas are like giant black and white bears – but not these particular ones. The Qinling subspecies of the panda family has brown and white fur. Researchers believe the color mutation happened because of constant inbreeding. They are a rare sight however, and only 5 actual bears have been ever spotted.
#2 Black Penguin
Happy Feet has taught children at a young age that all different species of penguin are black with snow-white bellies. However, in 2010, a photographer came across a jet-black penguin that sport a black belly instead of white. Scientist concluded that this one-in-a-million rare transmutation happened due to the heavy production of melanin, which is extraordinary for a bird breed.
#3 Golden Zebra
While the penguin described earlier has an excess of melanin, these pale zebras has too little of it. Instead of being black and white, these mutated few have pale brown stripes, making them look very mystical. Zoe the Hawaiian zebra is one example, and she is known for beautiful golden-orange stripes and blue eyes.
#4 White Deer
The Seneca white deer are leucistic, not to be confused with albinism. They are coated in white all over, and are a mutated type of their brown counterparts. These snowy creatures caught media attention when they were trapped in an army depot in New York. While they don’t form their own subspecies like Qinling pandas do, they certainly sport a most unique look.
#5 Half Boiled Lobster
While we all know that Marine lobsters are actually brown in color but changes to orange when boiled – an American lobster caught in 2006 had a half-brown, half orange body. This is contributed to a lack of blue elements in half of this lobster’s shell.
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