Albino Corn Snake May Close Zoo in Philipines

14 01 2008

Pasig City Mayor Robert Eusebio wants to close down the Arc Avilon Zoo in Ortigas Center if it is shown to have ignored guidelines to ensure the safety of visitors. He said he was taking action amid reports that a child was bitten by an Albino King Snake last Jan. 5. “If they fail to adopt safety measures for their patrons, we may have to have it closed,” he said. Eusebio wrote a letter to Avilon’s operator to explain how the facilities are secured to prevent a repeat of the incident. More…


Albino Snake Found in Trash

12 01 2008

A 10 inch baby albino corn snake was found hiding in rubbish at Winn Gardens, Middlewood.

The creature, which is native to the warmer parts of North America, lives on a diet of live mice and rodents, and can grow to 6ft long.

It is harmless to humans and is believed to have been an unwanted Christmas present which could have been thrown away.


Albino Squirrel in Edinburgh, Scotland

9 01 2008

The squirrel was photographed in the garden of Scott Neil, general manager of ice hockey team the Edinburgh Capitals, who lives in the Meadowspot estate.

Mr Neil said yesterday: “I saw it for the first time this morning and was quite surprised. I’ve never seen one before. My daughter put out nuts for the birds a few days ago and since then a few grey squirrels have been down.

“It stands out from the rest, but doesn’t seem to get treated any differently by other squirrels.”

It is likely the albino squirrel’s home is in the woods at Napier University’s Craighouse Campus or in the conservation area between the campus and Craiglockhart.  More…

White and Albino Buffalos in the News

8 01 2008

One gets a name…(click on picture on the left for video report)…

                                                                                                                                               and … Cheyenne tribal member, Reverend Jay wallow’s, amazing surprise is the birth of a white buffalo calf.According to Swallow spiritual leaders from across the nation have advised him that the birth of his white buffalo calf is a sign of renewal, and where there is chaos, and disparity hope.


Life’s tough when you’re a beige penguin

4 01 2008

A FREAK penguin that is bullied because of its unusual appearance has been found in Antarctica.

The Adelie penguin lacks pigmentation and is missing its trademark black “dinner jacket”, which is instead a dirty beige.

The bird was spotted by a team of Australian researchers restoring the historic Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison.

It is not a full albino because it has some colouring, and is instead called a “leucistic” penguin.

It is rare to find an adult leucistic penguin as they stand out in the crowd and are usually gobbled up or attacked by predators — and there are no exceptions in this case.

On the Mawson’s Huts expedition blog, photographer Brett Jarrett described the hapless bird getting picked on and harassed by other penguins.

“At least this individual reached adulthood, even though while being observed was quite regularly picked on and harassed by other ‘normal’ Adelies,” Mr Jarrett said.

The penguin was first spotted by tourists on December 20 and by researchers on December 30.


Brazil’s albino alligators stolen

4 01 2008

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) — Seven albino alligators were stolen from the only zoo run by the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), the university staff reported on Thursday.    Biologist Itamar Assumpcao, who is in charge of the administration of the zoo, told reporters that the alligators were last seen on Dec. 31.

    The federal police will investigate whether any staff member was involved in the theft. The alligators are suspected to be stolen for trade abroad.

    The total value of the animals, approximately two years old, was estimated at 119,000 reais (68,000 U.S. dollars) in the illegal market.


Florida Zoo to Feature Pair Of Albino Gators

3 01 2008

Alligators are common at Florida wildlife attractions, but Lowry Park Zoo has started work on a unique way of showcasing the state’s signature reptile.A $1.5 million zoo expansion will house a pair of rare albino American alligators and a water flume ride called “Gator Falls.”

It is all scheduled to open in April, in time for the 20th anniversary of the Lowry Park Zoological Society, the nonprofit organization that manages and develops the zoo.

Beginning today, sections of the Florida habitat boardwalk will be closed so expansion can begin.

Albino alligators lack melanin, or pigment, in their skin, creating a milky coloring and cloudy eyes that appear to be pink.

The pair coming to Tampa were rescued from the Louisiana swamp and were acquired through an alligator farm in St. Augustine.

The male is about 8 months old and the female about 6 months old

“Because of their pigmentation and coloration, they wouldn’t typically last in the wild, so they have to be rescued when they’re young,” said Dana Metz, the zoo’s marketing director.