Rare albino kangaroos struggle to survive

By Sarah Harvey

Albino kangaroos in the wild. PHOTO: DEAN SEWELL
Albino kangaroos in the wild. PHOTO: DEAN SEWELL

Albino kangaroos, that struggle to survive because of genetic defects, have been photographed thriving  in the Australian wilderness.

The animals were captured on camera by Dean Sewell over the past eight months near the Doona State Forest, in Liverpool, south-west of Sydney.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald albino kangaroos have genetic sight and hearing problems, making them an easy target for predators. They are also at risk of sun burn and cancer because of their fair skin. Both can cause premature death.

Dean Sewell, who documented the animals, told the Daily Mail Australia the animals are also under threat from a proposed underground coal mine planned for the area near their habitat.

 

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