Thursday, April 12, 2012

Albinism


                                
 
I am truly fascinated with all things albino. I think all carriers of the albino trait are special and exceptionally beautiful. I strive to seek out every albino species, simply to marvel at the timeless beauty. Thanks to the internet I have access to the entire world of photography, right here, at my fingertips.
 
So, I currently have 2 albino leopard geckos. Although they are not truly albino as they have pink and brown coloring. The experts refer to their morphs as the Albino Rainwater and the Tremper. Experts refer to them as the albino species because they are devoid of the typical black markings of the normal gecko morph. Here is a genuine albino leopard gecko devoid of all color with pink eyes, simply gorgeous!

 
Albinism is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin. Albinism results from inheritance of recessive gene alleles and is known to affect all species, including humans.

These sea creatures are particularly amazing! If I caught one, I would rather keep it as a pet! lol
Albinism is the result of the biological inheritance of genetically recessive genes passed from both parents of an individual, although rarely some albino genes are inherited from only one parent.


The chance of offspring with albinism resulting from the pairing of an organism with albinism and one without albinism is low. However, because organisms can be carriers of genes for albinism without exhibiting any traits, albino offspring can be produced by two non-albino parents.

The eyes of an albino animal appear red because the color of the red blood cells in the underlying retinal blood vessels shows through where there is no pigment to obscure it.






Those with albinism usually have impaired vision due to one or more conditions. While a person with albinism may suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, photo-phobia or light sensitivity, the visual problems particularly associated with albinism arise from a poorly-developed retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) due to the lack of melanin.

The albinistic are generally as healthy as the rest of their species, and the condition by itself does not cause mortality.

Albino Humans have a milky or translucent skin, white or colorless hair, and eyes with pink or blue iris and deep-red pupil. Albinism is associated with a number of vision defects. Lack of skin pigmentation makes for more susceptibility to sunburn, skin cancer, and skin infections.

Unfortunately, humans with albinism suffer from a lot of negativity and criticism. In some countries sometimes they are shunned or abused. Albinism is a life threatening condition in some African states, where it is associated with stigma and superstitions. Some children have been a victim of abduction, leading to black magic, and sometimes murder. There is a belief by witch doctors that the blood and body parts of albinos - who lack pigment in their eyes, hair and skin - can bring good luck and fortune when used in potions. In 2009, in less than a year, 50 albinos across Tanzania were murdered for their body parts, shattering the country’s image as one of the most liberal and stable in Africa.This is so horrible that it makes my stomach sick. If this hurts your heart as much as mine, a donation to this charity would help that cause. http://albinocharity.org/


 
In some countries, Like Panama, an albino child is considered to be a blessing, and is called "a child of the moon" or a golden gift from God.
There are also some absolutely gorgeous Albino models in USA who are just absolutely stunning, and really set the mark in the fashion world.
 
Just take a look at this gorgeous Albino Turtle! How gorgeous is he?


I am especially fond of this albino owl...
 
 

Gosh, I just cant stop looking at gorgeous albino people and animals. I could look at their pictures for hours upon hours. I am just quite simply amazed. Not even sure why, I guess just another one of my strange obsessions and fascinations.
 
Obviously due to my obsession, I will continue to edit this post (down below) to add more and more astonishing photos... so check back if you have been amazed. :)
 

 



This is an adult male melanoid albino axolotl, the Mexican Salamander.






2 comments:

  1. So beautiful! I'm fascinated with all things albino, too! Great post! (: It's all very interesting. ^-^

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  2. Thank you Kindly! :) Glad you enjoyed! I truly love albinism.

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