PICTURES: RARE WHITE GIRAFFE AND OTHER UNUSUALLY PALE ANIMALS

Omo, the rare white calf recently spotted in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park, is one special snowflake. But unusually white animals in other species—from eagles to bears to crayfish—are often seen in nature. (Full story: http://on.natgeo.com/1LwhOsa)
  1. White Giraffe
    Omo, a year-old Masai giraffe calf, lives in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park. (Photo by Derek Lee, Caters News)
  2. "Spirit" Bear
    The Kermode bear is a white black bear—a variant of the North American black bear—that lives in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. (Photo by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic)
  3. Divine Gifts
    White lions feed on a gazelle in South Africa’s Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. According to African folklore, white lions are children of the Sun God sent to Earth as divine gifts. (Photo by Luciano Candisani, Minden Pictures/Corbis)
  4. Rare Albino
    Snowflake, the only known albino western lowland gorilla in history, died at the Barcelona Zoo in 2003 due to skin cancer. (Photo by Paul A. Zahl, National Geographic)
  5. Lucky Elephant
    A newborn white elephant gets a bath in Naypyidaw, Myanmar (Burma), in 2012. In Thailand, white elephants are considered lucky because they're associated with the birth of the Buddha. (Photo by Soe Than Win, Getty Images)
  6. Squirrel of a Different Color
    North American squirrels come in a variety of colors, including black and white—such as this animal. Rarely are white squirrels actually albino. (Photo by Colin McConnell, Toronto Star/Getty Images)
  7. Whale of a Surprise
    An albino humpback calf was spotted in 2011 off Australia‘s Whitsunday Island. Many albinos struggle to survive in the wild due to their conspicious color. (Photo courtesy Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
  8. Sacred Animal
    White buffalo are not only rare (just one of every ten million buffalo are born white), they are considered sacred by many Native Americans. They may be albino or leucistic. (Photo by Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty)
  9. Albino Crayfish
    Even invertebrates can be albino, such as this crayfish. (Photo by Wes C. Skiles, National Geographic Creative)