Call me a little strange, but I’ve always thought that it’d be cool to see mutations that caused people to be strange new colors (think: an Oompa Loompa, but real). Mutations and variations like that are rare, especially ones so extreme, but there are many cases of some remarkable variations occurring in people and even more so in the animal kingdom. In fact, genetic mutations causing pigment changes are actually fairly common in the animal world. Here are 27 of my personal favorites:
1. A pink baby elephant. Is that the cutest thing or what?
2. A jet-black squirrel.
3. A piebald deer. Piebald animals are distinguished by the white and brown patches in their coats, rather than the standard single color that most animals have.
4. Didn’t think it could happen, but a half-albino peacock is even more stunning than the regular variety.
5. Pink dragon fly? Aww.
6. "You can’t see me, you can’t see me, you can’t see me..."
7. A piebald bunny with a perfect color spilt on his face.
8. Behold, a golden mongoose.
9. A squirrel of the piebald variety.
10. This golden parrot should befriend that golden mongoose.
11. Pink dolphin.
12. An albino gorilla.
13. Piebald moose.
14. That’s one seriously cool, multi-colored python.
15. Interesting pattern... and haircut.
16. This tiger family runs the whole gamut of shades.
17. An erythristic, black-backed jackal. Erythrism is a genetic condition resulting in an unsual reddish pigmentation to the animal’s fur.
18. A chimera cat. Chimerism occurs when the cells from two separate eggs in the womb merge together, creating one offspring which displays characteristics of both.
19. That’s a good look.
20. How cool are those contrasting colors?
21. A dog with chimerism.
22. This zebra looks like it’s trying to become a leopard.
23. Speaking of stripes and spots, here’s a very rare cheetah without any spots.
24. A pink grasshopper. Nature seems to like pink.
25. I wonder if this parakeet has two personalities to go with the two halves of his feathers.
26. An erythristic baby zebra.
27. Badger, meet your new erythristic friend.
I think that peacock has got to be my new favorite animal. BONUS: If you like strange animals (instead of just strangely colored ones), check out these oddballs.
1. Gobi Jerboa
Those legs are made for hopping, and that’s just what they’ll do.
2. Giant Soft Shelled Turtle
3. Yeti Crab
4. Sunda Colugo
5. Lamprey: AKA Nature’s Nightmare Monster
6. The Gerenuk
"What are you looking at?"
7. Irrawaddy Dolphin
8. Tufted Deer
9. The Maned Wolf
Wow, Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me. It’s so interesting to think of how some of these mutations may or may not give the animal in question a survival edge.