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  Snowdrop the penguin's one in a million!
Updated 13 December 2002, 16.44

Snowdrop the albino penguin
A very rare albino penguin chick has been hatched at Bristol Zoo - and he's one in a million!

The African bird, called Snowdrop, popped out of his shell six weeks ago.

Since then, he's been trying to get used the fact his brothers and sisters are the usual black and white.

White albino penguins are very rare in the wild and only two have ever been spotted.

As a true albino, Snowdrop also has pink feet, face, a pale beak as well as white feathers.

He's perfectly healthy and is expected to live just as long as his mates.

Albino animals have no colour because they were born with no melanin in their skin. The amount of melanin decides what colour you are.

Humans can be albino too and although it's not harmful, those who are albino have to take special care.

For the animals this means they can get easily sunburnt! But Snowdrop should be safe in his chilly zoo home!

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