Rare Albino Panda Caught On Camera For First Time
Chinese researchers have photographed a rare white giant panda for the first time ever in the wild.
The panda was snapped in the Wolong National Nature Reserve, in the Sichuan province in the south-west of the country.
The panda is aged between one and two years old, and “physically strong, with a steady gait”, the reserve said in a statement.
Researchers could not determine the sex of the panda.
The appearance of an albino panda suggested there was a recessive gene in the area's population, scientists from the China Conservation and Research Centre said.
The reserve will continue to monitor if the gene is passed through future generations.
The reserve has infared cameras set up throughout the reserve, which is about 2,200 square kilometres in size, that are triggered by movement. Following this discovery, more cameras will be installed around the reserve.
There are less than 2,000 pandas left in the wild, making this albino panda incredibly rare.