Scientists Discover Rare Blonde Penguin In Antarctica, And It Is Beyond Adorable

Often, animals in the wild develop strange mutations that make them quite unique. Their unique appearances result in the members of their pack thinking that something is wrong with them or making them a bigger target for predators.

Scientists working for National Geographic were researching penguins when they came across one that didn’t look anything like the others.

One of the penquins had blond feathers instead of the usual black.

It’s not a form of albinism; instead, it’s what is called isabellinism, where the pigmentation in the bird’s feathers have been “diluted.” There have been a few cases amongst penguins where this has occurred, so it’s not a new thing.

The condition doesn’t affect the quality of life that these penguins have. They grow into adulthood and even pass on their genetic material to the next generation of penguins.

Since it’s recessive, it’s unlikely that their offspring will show the same signs of isabellinism, but there is a chance that it will crop up again in the future.

They’re definitely quite unique amongst their peers.

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