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Introducing Alabaster, the Affable Albino Alligator

posted: 11/11/15
by: Danny Clemens
Alabaster, the Affable Albino Alligator
South Carolina Aquarium

From the beginning of albino alligator Alabaster's life, the odds were stacked against him. For an alligator, the chance of being born with albinism is about 1 in 100,000; experts believe that only 50 such albino alligators currently exist. Sadly, the select few that manage to defy the schemes of conventional coloration rarely live beyond 24 hours.

Not Alabaster.

Now 19 years old and still kicking, the unique alligator recently received a clean bill of health during his yearly physical exam at the South Carolina Aquarium. It took 15 staff members to lift the 186-pound alligator into a large wooden examination crate, where aquarium herpetologists and veterinarians performed a routine physical examination:

 

Thankfully, their findings were relatively unremarkable: Alabaster gained 20 pounds and 3 inches in the last year and is generally in good health.

Following the examination, aquarium staff returned Alabaster to his home in the Blackwater Swamp exhibit. Becuase of his unique condition, he cannot be returned to the wild.

Here's to many more years of health!

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