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7 famous albino animals

Snowflake the gorilla

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Snowflake the gorilla

Snowflake the gorilla arrived at the Barcelona Zoo in the mid '60s to great fanfare, including an official reception thrown by the mayor of the city. Snowflake was captured by a farmer in Equatorial Guinea under tragic circumstances — the farmer killed all the gorillas in Snowflake's group just to capture him. He was found clinging to his dead mother's fur.

Through a series of middlemen, Snowflake found his way to the Barcelona zoo where he settled into a comfortable life. He went on to father 22 babies, none of which were albino.

In September 2003, it was announced that he suffered from a rare form of skin cancer (most likely caused by his abinism). Thousands of visitors came to pay their respects before he was euthanized a month after the announcement.