A rare albino penguin has been revealed for public viewing at Gdansk Zoo in Poland. The one of its kind bird was born on December 14 last year, but the staff at the zoo decided to keep it a secret as they weren't sure if it would survive or not. Now after three months, the zoo has released it with other penguins publicly at the zoo. The albino penguin is yet to be named as its sex has not been determined.
The bird would not have survived in the wild with fellow penguins because of its colour. They would not accept the white coloured bird and its survival rate would have been very low. Zoo director Michal Targowski told AP that the albino penguin "would have become the very first to be attacked by predators". The penguin is currently with its parents and two other friendly penguins. African black-footed penguins also known as jackass penguins are in the list of endangered animals since 2010. It is majorly caused due to commercial fishing and pollution. 'Pink’ Elephant Found in South African Safari Park, Here’s Why the Calf is a Rare Specimen.
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Zoo director Michal Targowski told AP that the albino penguin "would have become the very first to be attacked by predators".
The penguin is currently with its parents and two other friendly penguins. The animal also needs special care, as it is prone to diseases since it lacks a protective black pigment, Targowski said. Also, it needs special care as it is prone to diseases owing to the lack of protective black pigment. Targowski said that officials at the zoo are "incredibly happy" to have the bird there. He added, "We're really doting on him so that nothing bad happens."