Life Science Rare albino panda spotted in China

Rare albino panda spotted in China

An infrared CCTV camera captured images of the albino panda in China. Photo: AAP
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A rare albino panda has been spotted walking through a nature reserve in China.

Footage of the all-white panda was captured on an infrared camera in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan province, an exciting sighting for researchers who say it’s a significant insight into panda genetics.

Chinese media reported Peking University researcher and bear specialist Li Sheng had studied the footage.

“Judging from pictures, the panda is an albino, one to two years old,” he reportedly said.

The researcher said the panda showed that the albinism genes exist in the wild population of giant pandas in Wolong.

A still of the all-white panda.

“The panda looked strong and his steps were steady, a sign that the genetic mutation may not have quite impeded its life,” Mr Li said.

The vision of the panda crossing through the forest in the southwest of the country was captured in April and released by the reserve on May 27.

The panda had white fur throughout the body, and red eyes, unlike the black and white patterns typical of pandas.