This Rare White Baby Koala Needs a Name

Playing You Can Help Name This Rare White Baby Koala

A white baby koala at the Australia Zoo needs a name.

The joey’s white fur is rare for the species and it is due to a recessive gene. She is not albino.

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"In veterinary science it's often referred to as the 'silvering gene', where animals are born with white or very pale fur and, just like baby teeth, they eventually shed their baby fur and the regular adult coloration comes through," said Dr Rosie Booth, Director of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

She is the first white koala to be born in Queensland's Australia Zoo, although she is one 12 born this season.

The zoo says the animal’s white fur may not last forever. Experts also say koalas of lighter color may have difficulty surviving in the wild.

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"In the wild animal kingdom, it's actually quite unfortunate to have unusually light coloration as it makes animals stand out from their camouflage."

Suggestions for the baby girl’s name have been pouring in, including Elsa, Buttercup and Snow White.

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