An all-white albino panda was spotted in China’s Wolong National Nature Reserve, which is located in the south-western province of Sichuan.
The picture was captured from an infrared camera that was installed in April this year. Before this, brown-and-white pandas were seen in Qinling, which is a mountainous region located in the north-western province of Shaanxi.
The all-white panda, which has red eyes, can be seen crossing the forest in the picture. Scientists concluded that the color of the panda and its eyes are caused by a rare genetic disorder known as albinism.
Albinism refers to a range of disorders that result from a reduction or absence of the pigment melanin.
Although albinism doesn’t have a negative impact on animals, their unusual appearance makes them vulnerable as they can be easily spotted. Therefore to protect their growth and keep track of their movement the Wolong district’s Communist Party secretary, Duan Zhaogang, said more infrared cameras will be installed.
Chinese firms have developed a facial recognition app that would help forest officials to distinguish the pandas.
Until 2016, only 1,900 giant pandas were alive in our world.
Source : Various