April 19, 2021

Meet Cosmo, The Only Living Leucistic Kangaroo in North America


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So far we’ve seen different types of animals with albinism, from turtles to whales, but we’ve never encountered an albino kangaroo so far. Albinism and leucism, are generally understood as rare skin conditions in which pigmentation doesn’t exist, but still we don’t know how rare it is.

Another reason why there are not a lot of albino animals is because their skin makes it harder for them to hide from predators, and most of them are extinct. It is really hard to come across them, but luckily for us one of these creatures was born at a New York Zoo.


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On January 15, Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York announced the birth of a new red kangaroo joey. But as you will see in the pictures below, there’s nothing red about little kangaroo. And as a post on the zoo’s Facebook page noted, it was immediately clear from his white coat and black eyes that Cosmo is leucistic.

Although, they couldn’t tell that from the beginning, since little joeys grow in their mother’s pouch for months after they’re born . When Cosmo was born, the staff had to wait until he had grown enough to handle the full medical examination. And after contacting other zoos and professionals that specifically work with marsupials, there was reason to believe that there was no other excising leucistic kangaroo in North America.


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Aside from the coat, Cosmo doesn’t seem to have any congenital conditions. Nonetheless, is leucism causes severe doubt on his ability to survive in the wild, which means the already unlikely scenario of that happening is now close to an impossibility. But one thing for sure, his presence at Animal Adventure Park is seen as a good omen starting 2021 with some light at the end of the tunnel, and he’ll stay there protected and cared for.


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