The white baby baboon has leucism, which affects a number of animals, including zebras, lions and even pigeons. Travel photographer Su Elliot found the youngster and his troop in a national park in Zambia. Animals with leucism are often mistaken for having albinism, which is caused by a lack of melanin and affects the eyes and skin.
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Leucism is a partial or total loss of pigmentation that does not affect the eyes. However the boisterous baboon’s colouring makes him a target for other baboons and predators. So his mom keeps a very close eye on him.
Su has come across the mischievous white baby baboon twice and is hoping to track him as he grows. Most baboons grow much darker as they age, so he may lose his pure white hair as he gets older. Only time will tell.
Videographer / director: Su Elliot
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ellie Winstanley
Editor: Marcus Cooper
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