There’s a rare giraffe that’s losing its spots as time goes by. It belongs to the subspecies Rothschild’s giraffe and lives in a natural reserve in Kenya.
The male giraffe has been losing its pigment slowly for the past few years. It all began with a few white patches but has spread to a large area of white coat that now covers one-third of his body.
It wasn’t obvious what’s happening at first, but further observation showed that the giraffe had a skin condition called vitiligo that causes the skin to lose pigment in patches. It hasn’t been recorded in giraffes before this one.