A rare blonde zebra was discovered frolicking at Serengeti National Park in the first-ever documented wild sighting of the animals’ paler counterpart.
The animal was caught by photographer Sergio Pitamitz, who was hoping to snap pictures of migrating Zebras when he noticed something unusual.
‘At first I thought it was a zebra that had rolled in the dust,’ Pitamitz told National Geographic, whom he is a photographer for.
Shortly thereafter, however, he realized what he had stumbled upon.
A rare blonde zebra was discovered frolicking at Serengeti National Park in the first-ever documented wild sighting of the animals’ paler counterpart. The blonde zebra can be seen socializing with a herd of its standard striped counterparts
Pitamitz’s subject was a ‘blonde’ zebra which according to experts likely has albinism, a condition that means the animal has less melanin in their skin theretofore giving them a lighter, sometimes blonde, pigment.
While other albino zebras have been observed in captivity — including one at Mount Kenya National Park and another at a sanctuary in Hawaii — this is the first specimen to be documented in the wild.
Little is known about zebras and albinism, but researchers say the rare pictures of the blonde varietal confirm for the first time that they are accepted into herds of their ‘normal’ colored kin.
When it comes to what affect the zebras abinism might have on other aspects of their life, however, the stakes may be slightly higher.