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  Help for albino animals
Updated 16 January 2002, 17.26
Albino kangaroos
Native Australian albino animals are getting help from a wildlife park just outside Sydney.

These unusual looking animals are healthy but have no colour because they were born with no melanin in their skin.

The amount of melanin in your skin decides what colour you are.

Special care

A joey hides from the sunlight
A joey hides from the sunlight
The condition affects humans as well as animals, and although it's not harmful, those with the condition have to take special care of themselves.

For the animals this means they can get easily sunburnt.

Normally their ears are covered with enough fur to protect them, but with less fur and pink skin their ears sometimes need protection.

Albino animals also have other problems to cope with.

Animals get bullied too

Zookeeper at the park, Chad Staples said:

"Probably the biggest problem they have is they're singled out by predators like the dingo, and they can also be bullied by other animals."

Outside the park it's unusual to see an albino animal because they rarely survive.

But with the help of the keepers at Featherdale Park they have a very good chance of living a normal life.

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