WARSAW, Poland (AP/Gray News) — A penguin at Gdansk Zoo in northern Poland had its coming out party, but forgot its tuxedo.
The extremely rare albino penguin hatched in mid-December and has been under veterinary care. It’s all white with pink eyes and has no black coloring.
In the wild, such an unusual-looking penguin would be rejected by other penguins and would have little chance of survival.
But in Gdansk, it has its parents and two other friendly penguins.
The bird’s sex has not yet been determined. It weighs a little over a pound and stands 11 inches tall.
Zoo director Michal Targowski said Friday the albino penguin "would have become the very first to be attacked by predators."
He said it requires special care, being prone to diseases since it lacks a protective black pigment. He said his team was astonished but are “incredibly happy” to have a baby albino penguin.