- An all-white panda was seen in China for the first time
- The first-ever image of the white panda was captured by an infrared camera
- It has been reported that “albinism” caused the panda’s white appearance
An all-white albino panda was found in a natural reserve in Sichuan, China. KAMI learned that the first-ever photo of the white panda has been captured through an infrared camera.
In a report by the New York Times (author Tiffany May), the white panda was seen roaming around the Wolong National Nature Reserve.
Li Sheng of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conversation of Nature explained that albinism caused the panda’s all-white appearance.
“I personally think it’s quite random for it to be discovered, since albinism manifests itself so infrequently,” Li said.
She also noted that the albinism has not affected the panda that much and that the white panda looks quite “well” and “strong.” Nonetheless, they will still continue observing the growth and behavior of the white panda.
In a 2016 report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, around 1,900 giant pandas are living in the wild.
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