The Washington Times-Herald

September 12, 2013

Outdoor Insights

The Washington Times-Herald

---- — I have always been amazed by the albino animals. It does not appear that there are a lot of them in our area. This article is in part just for information, but I would really like feedback from you on when and where you have seen albino animals in southern Indiana.

Not all white animals are albinos. So how can you tell the difference? The difference is in the eyes. The eyes usually will be pink, but sometimes lite blue or a non-pigmented shade of something else. The whitetail deer, squirrels and skunks are the only ones that I have seen myself. One of my favorite animals in nature to see is the reverse skunk that is pure white with a black line down its back. These are not albino but they fascinate me. I would like to take a closer look but so far have not got the nerve. So what really is an albino animal.

The striking appearance has always made people wonder and were always amazed. Long ago it was assumed that there was some special powers associated with this. Today we know the real wonder of albinism lies in the function of pigment, the coloring matter found in certain cells of living organisms. Pigment is controlled by genes, inherited from an animal’s mother and father. This is just one more way to marvel at and enjoy God’s creation. Blessing Jerry