An infrared camera on a nature preserve in northwest China has caught what is believed to be the first albino camel in the world.
The video shows the rare animal with a pack of a dozen brown camels. They are seen drinking from a puddle at the Annanba Wild Camel National Nature Reserve in Gansu Province.
According to the Chinese nature preserve, the camel is said to be a Bactrian camel. It is thought to be around three to four years old. This type of camel is critically endangered on the Red List of Threatened Species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
This isn’t the first rare camel found in China, however. The country has also seen a wild camel with white lips living in Xinjiang’s Lop Nur.
A staff member from the Gansu reserve told the Chinese media that the camel captured on video on September 11 is thought to be the first white-skinned camel living in the world. They were able to easily spot the humped animal because the camels shed their fur during this time of the year. It is unknown if the camel’s fur will remain white after it has grown out.
Research officials are also trying to determine whether the camel’s condition is from a gene mutation or external influence, said a staff member in an interview.
The Annaba reserve is located between the Kumtag Desert and the Altun Mountains in China. The reserve is also home to about one-third of the total wild camel population in China.
The Bactrian camel is also commonly referred to as the Mongolian camel. It is a large even-toed ungulate native to the steppes of Central Asia. The animal has two humps located on its back, while the dromedary camel has only a single hump.
The albino camel was also photographed while walking through the forest in April of 2019. This time it was seen at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in the Sichuan province.
[H/T Daily Mail]