A rare all-white giant panda has been photographed for the first time ever.
Wolong National Nature Reserve in China’s southwestern Sichuan province released a photo this weekend showing the panda crossing through a forest in the reserve.
According to the reserve, the albino panda is about 1 to 2 years old judging from its size.
The red-eyed panda reportedly lacks the usual black fur on its limbs and ears and around its eyes.
It appears to be strong and has a steady gait, according to the photo, showing that the albinism probably hasn’t affected its health.
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Albinism does not affect body structure or activities, but it does make an animal easier to spot and more sensitive to direct sunlight, Li Sheng, a Peking University researcher, said in the statement.
Gizmodo reports that Chinese conservationists are currently watching seven large plots, each about 20 square kilometers in size, with a series of motion-activated cameras. Giant pandas tend to be difficult to study since they live in remote mountainous regions.
The strange panda was caught by a camera that was triggered by its movement in early April.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.