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Albino penguin unveiled at Polish zoo: report

In this image made from video, an albino penguin is seen in her enclosure in the zoo of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland, Friday, March 22, 2019.
(AP photo)

Anyone who has a visit to the Zoo of Gdansk in Poland, reportedly now has the opportunity to observe a most unusual creature – an albino penguin.

The rare bird, who came into the world in December, is unlike many others in his race, in that it does not wear the traditional “tuxedo” black drawing associated with the animal, according to The Associated Press.

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The atypical look allegedly would have proven problematic had he lived in the wild, because others penguins would not have accepted, and the probability of survival would have been low.

The baby penguin “would have become the first to be attacked by predators,” zoo director Michal Targowski told the outlet on Friday.

In the zoo, the animal has his parents and two other penguins.

The animal should also be given special care, because it is prone to diseases because of the lack of a protective black pigment. (AP photo)

The animal should also be given special care, because it is prone to diseases because of the lack of a protective black pigment, Targowski said.

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The gender of the penguin is not yet clear, The Associated Press said. It reportedly weighs 1.1 pounds and is less than a metre high.

The team of the zoo is “very happy” that the animals there, Targowski said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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