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White sambar deer

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: Deccan Herald

 Context: Researchers have made a rare discovery of a “white” sambar deer with a condition called leucism, resulting in white or pale skin, in the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka, India.

  • Leucism is a genetic condition that affects the pigmentation of an animal’s skin, feathers, scales, or fur. Unlike albinism, which causes a complete absence of pigment, leucism results in a partial loss of pigment, leading to white or pale colouration in affected areas.

 

About Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary: 

This sanctuary spans three districts and serves as a crucial connection between Bannerghatta National Park in the north and Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve and Male Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in the south.