Published September 18, 2017
A pair of rare white giraffes were spotted in Kenya and captured on film for the first time ever.
The giraffes, a mother and its child, have white skin due to a condition known as lueucism. The condition prevents pigmentation in skin cells and causes skin to turn white and pale.
The giraffes were filmed walking around the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservacy in Kenya's Garissa county. Several times during the video, the mother giraffe appears to recognize she is being filmed and looks directly at the camera.
In a blog post, Hirola Conservancy said this was the first time the white giraffes had been spotted by a number of its community rangers. The post also noted that the giraffes were first reported by a local villager.
"The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signalling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes," the post read.
White giraffes have been spotted twice before. In January 2016, the first report of a white giraffe came from Tarangire National park, Tanzania. The second time was in March of 2016 in Ishaqbini conservancy, Garissa county, Kenya.
This is the first time the creatures are believed to have ever been captured on video.