Did you know that the giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate mammal and is considered to be the tallest living terrestrial animal in the world? (if you didn’t, now you do!). Omo (the giraffe below) is only fifteen months old – the unfortunate giraffe (born with leucism, meaning that her skin cells can make pigment, which gives her almost white skin).
The photos below where taken by Dr Derek Lee, founder and scientist at the Wild Nature Institute, while she was in the Tarangire National Park, in Tanzania.
According to Dr Lee , “Omo appears to get along with the other giraffes, she has always been seen with a large group of normally coloured giraffe – they don’t seem to mind her different colouring. Omo is now 15 months old – she survived her first year as a small calf, which is the most dangerous time for a young giraffe due to lion, leopard and hyena preying on them.”