GARISSA COUNTY, Kenya - Just months after viral sensation April the giraffe gave birth to her fifth calf, another mother giraffe is in the spotlight.
"Did you know that the Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary, located in Ijara sub-county, Garissa county, is home to both the critically endangered Hirola Antelope & the only white giraffe in the world?" the agency tweeted June 10. "Having birthed a male calf in Feb 2017, mama giraffe is again expectant."
Did you know that the Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary, located in Ijara sub-county, Garissa county, is home to both the critically endangered Hirola Antelope & the only white giraffe in the world?— KWS (@kwskenya) June 10, 2019
Having birthed a male calf in Feb 2017, mama giraffe is again expectant 😍 pic.twitter.com/8AhyN6wrxd
Officials did not specify when the giraffe is expected to give birth.
"As we await the newborn, the source of excitement is whether baby will be white, too," KWS tweeted.
It is! 😍😍 And as we await the new born, the source of excitement is whether baby will be white too.— KWS (@kwskenya) June 10, 2019
Although the agency said the white giraffe is the only one of its kind, one commenter pointed out that the statement may not be completely accurate.
"Your post should have read 'possibly only entirely white giraffe' in the world," tweeted Odeo Sirari, a news editor for the Kenya Television Network.
KWS, your argument that this white giraffe at Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary is the ‘only white giraffe in the world’ may not be entirely true. The last giraffe of this kind which probably suffers from a genetic condition known as Leucism was seen at Tarangire National Park in TZ.— Odeo Sirari (@OdeoSirari) June 11, 2019
Your post should have read ‘ possibly only entirely white giraffe’ in the world.— Odeo Sirari (@OdeoSirari) June 11, 2019
A white mother giraffe and very pale calf – likely the ones mentioned in the agency's initial tweet – also were spotted at Hirola in 2017, National Geographic reported. Another pale giraffe was seen at Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park in 2016.
Wildlife researchers believe that the giraffes have leucism, a genetic contition that "inhibits skin cells from producing pigment but allows other organs, like eyes, to be dark colored," National Geographic reported.
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