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A rare yellow penguin was photographed for the first time ever

Belgian wildlife photographer Yves Adams was on a remote island in South Georgia when he saw a creature he has never seen before in his life. It was a yellow penguin, the first of its kind and a shock to all that witnessed it.

Adams was leading a two-month photography expedition through the South Atlantic and had decided to stop on a South Georgia beach. It was then that he layed his eyes on the beautiful penguin. Adams and his team immediately dropped what they were doing to grab their cameras and capture some shots of the yellow penguin. According to Adams, it was the only yellow penguin out of the 120,000 birds on the beach.

This unique penguin seems to lack melanin, the dark pigmentation that gives their plumage its typical black-brown shade. Instead, it has retained only its yellow feathers. Adams and Dee Boersma, a conservation biologist, and professor at the University of Washington believe that the penguin is not albino because if it were albino it would be completely white. Instead, they think that it has a genetic condition known as leucism.

Source of image: Yves Adams

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