It was possible to film a rare, completely white fur giant panda in the southwestern China Volong National Park with a displaced animal surveillance camera, said the management of a conservation area in the Sichuan Province.
The special pandas were made in mid-April with a recording infrared camera in a wilderness of about 2000 meters above sea level. There are no spots on the panda’s body and his eyes look red. Judging by the recording, the panda may be albino, the animal is a young 1-2 year old. His appearance indicates that the albino-causing gene exists in the wild pandapop population in Volong, said Li Seng, a researcher at the University of Beijing.
“The panda seemed to be strong, its motion was decisive, suggesting that the gene mutation would probably not inhibit its life,” the bear researcher said, according to the study of the recording.
There are albinos in many species of vertebrates. The albino mutation is a congenital disorder of the formation of a colorant that results in reduced or absent pigmentation. The absence of melanin dye may occur in the skin, in the coat and in the face. No albino specimens have ever been detected between the giant pans (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). Experts try to track the development of the fate of a special animal by installing additional cameras.
Albinism does not affect the physique or life functions of the individual, but makes the animal easier to discover, and albinos are more sensitive to the sun. Albino puppy comes from only two albino parents. If a white panda is paired with a normal panda, the puppies of their first litter will be stained. The puppies, however, carry the mutant gene itself, so if they are paired with an equally albino gene, their white pups may be born.
It is interesting that there are brown specimens among the pandas, which are from the individuals of the so-called Jingling Giant Pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca qinlingensis). Their main characteristics are that their skulls are smaller and more rounded, their nose is shorter and their hair is shorter than the more well-known Sichuan subspecies, and many of them have a dark or light brown color, not black and white.