Rare white panda spotted by CCTV for the first time in history

The photo is believed to be the world’s first image of an albino panda taken in the wild

When you think of a cute bamboo-eating bear that has become China’s national symbol, you would usually imagine two colours linked to this creature — black and white. However, a surveillance camera in a Chinese natural reserve suggests that it doesn’t have to always be true.

The CCTV installed in Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, has managed to snap that might be the world’s first image of a panda that is completely white.

The only part of the animal’s body that is not white are its eyes — which are red. Experts from the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda analysed the photo taken in mid-April and agreed that the panda is most likely an albino.

Evaluating its size the experts estimate its age to be between one and two years old.

“A panda becomes an adult at the age of 4. One year for a panda is the equivalent of about 3.5 years for a human,” said Wang Lun, an official at the centre.

While the experts are not able to determine the panda’s gender, they have decided to place more cameras in the area for further research.

 

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