Incredibly rare mob of albino kangaroos gets spotted hopping through field in Australia
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A mob of rare albino kangaroos has been spotted having a chilled day out at Panorama Garden Estate in Victoria, Australia.
The family of colourless roos is rarely seen together, even though they live in a small herd on the Mornington Peninsula, just over an hour's south of Melbourne.
The wildlife reserve shared images of the albino mob on social media to document the incredibly rare sighting.
Albino kangaroos are sometimes mistakenly called 'white', but they actually get their light colouring as they are devoid of pigmentation all together.
Albino roos are incredibly rare, mammalogist Mark Elderidge told Bundaberg Now, as the gene occurs in one of every 50,000 to 100,000 of the animal.
That's what makes Panorama Garden Estate a cool place to be with a massive nine albino kangaroos that live, eat, sleep, and chill out on land belonging to the animal sanctuary.
Sanctuary owner Annemaree Van Rooy told the Daily Mail that she and her partner Mick Smith have been breeding the rare roos for years.
They initially started out with three after rescuing the trio from a farm in Bordertown, South Australia, back in 2012.
"We rescued three albino kangaroos which were held in little tiny cages and now we have a mob of about nine," Ms Rooy said.
"They come and go as they please in the wildlife sanctuary and they live just as they are supposed to out in the wild."
Social media blew up in response to the photo of the albino mob just munging out.
One user commented: "So many white ones, just gorgeous. Would love to see them one day."
A second added: "And I thought albino roos were rare! But not at Panorama."
While a third chimed in: "Wow, you don't normally see more than one."
One person said: "Now that you’ve posted their picture and location, PLEASE keep an extra eye out because shooters love to kill exotics as trophies."
The person later shared a screenshot of the images shared in a kangaroo hunter social media group.
Another person added: "Hunters (spelt with a capital C) are here now and, although they are obviously very short of brain cells to do what they do and enjoy doing it, between them all they could probably collectively have just enough intelligence to track your beautiful roos down."
Animals with albinism can struggle surviving in the wild due to difficulties with camouflage, often have poor vision, and struggle with sunburn.
They are also more likely to be targeted by poachers.