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21 stunningly rare albino animals

By: Angela Nelson on July 12, 2016, 3:52 p.m.
An albino blackbird compared to a regular blackbird

Photo: Radek Mica/AFP/Getty Images

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Blackbird

If you saw a white bird fly into your garden, would you ever guess that it might be an albino blackbird? One family in England saw one swoop into their garden and, luckily, they were able to identify and appreciate the unusual bird. Steve Hussey from the Devon Wildlife Trust in England told the Mirror: "Being pure white isn't a great survival strategy for a blackbird, particularly as a fledgling. When you've just left the nest, you want to be as inconspicuous as possible to avoid the predatory eyes of cats and sparrowhawks. Added to this, part of the condition of albinos often means they have poor or little eyesight. I fear that this little chap's life was probably a very brief one."