You must be having a giraffe! Astonishing pictures of a completely white giraffe
These are the incredible images of a WHITE giraffe spotted grazing in the African bush.
Almost completely white, with no markings on its body the white giraffe would be completely unrecognisable if it wasn’t for its tell-tale long neck.
The extremely rare Rothschild giraffe was spotted roaming in Ishaqbini, Kenya, with the rest of its herd – who seemed completely oblivious to her unusual colouring.
Images of the rare creature were captured by Jamie Manuel, from the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) in Kenya, just last week.
Jamie is one of the only people to have captured images of the white giraffe since rumours of its existence emerged in February this year.
He said: “The white giraffe has been little more than a rumour for the NRT team until some time ago it was spotted from the NRT aircraft.
“A few weeks ago I decided to see if I and the Ishaqbini Community Rangers could find the giraffe on the ground.
“Word was sent out that we were on the trail of the white giraffe and slowly herders sent word back of the general area it had last been seen in.
“On the second day of searching, in a clearing in the forest, 20 reticulated giraffe peacefully browed the acacia trees. Among them, the white giraffe.
“The rangers were thrilled to get a closer look, and were pleased to see that the animal looked healthy and was feeding well.
“I finally managed to photograph the giraffe at close quarters and immediately wondered if it was albino or leucistic.
“A giraffe with leucism was spotted in January in Tanzania and it seems that this is the condition that we see in this giraffe.
“Leucism is a condition where there is a partial loss of pigmentation resulting in white, pale or patchy colouration of skin, hair or feathers, cuticles or scales but not eyes.
“Unlike albinism it is caused by a reduction in multiple types of pigment, not just melanin.”