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Albino Eastern Screech Owl

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Potentially the cutest thing I have ever seen. Tiny and all white, you can even see the red eyes.


He was rescued from a cat that had him pinned down in a driveway. He was brought to the Great Plains Nature Center, where they rehabbed him. Albino animals generally do not live long in the wild, so they keep him in a large tank with a normal Eastern Screech Owl and have him on display to teach kids about mutations.

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remco.douma 10 years ago

Indeed not a helpful mutation unless living in a snowy environment, but it sure is cute!

AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks guys! I know Gilma, at least he was saved and can be used for education now though. I still think it's awesome mutations like this occur naturally in the wild, even though the animals usually don't live long.
Shanna, so do I! I had to stare at him every time I would walk by, he was just so stinking cute!

VaniaHalldorson 10 years ago


ShannaB 10 years ago

O.M.G. I just want to squeal and cuddle it!

So cute!! It is too bad they do not fair well in nature... : (

Jellis 10 years ago

Nice. though I don't care much for captive animals on this site, this is just too special

Cute! :)) Both.

Seema 10 years ago

so unusual..grt sharing

ConorSheaWing 10 years ago


Liam 10 years ago


AshleyT 10 years ago

Thanks guys, he was pretty cool!

LuisStevens 10 years ago

Beautiful Ashley!

Yasser 10 years ago

no way!

Nayeli 10 years ago

Pretty !!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago

sooooooooooo sweet.....

RiekoS 10 years ago

That is so beautiful!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

OMG, adorable !

Saumya Wanniarachchi
Saumya Wanniarachchi 10 years ago

Such a cutie !!!!!!! :)

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

I understand you position completely Ashley and wasn't at all disrespecting the Nature Center's decision or your spotting - just simply questioning... Although some research has shown wild albino and luecistic animals have a higher mortality rate and/or a shorter life span, there are also many individuals worldwide that can and have lived a normal life span and thrive. That is why I was questioning. I'm just stirring the pot and creating a dialog! I obviously don't know this animal or the circumstances behind the decision. ;)

AshleyT 10 years ago

As far as I could tell he is healthy. Wild albino animals have been studied before, and it seems to be the consensus they don't do survive long because they stick out like a sore thumb to predators. Which is exactly what happened to this guy, he was taken from a cats claws.
I personally hate taking wild animals from the wild and into captivity, but I think in this case he is better off in captivity and to be used for education. No matter what I think though, it's not my decision what happens to him, I was just visiting the nature center for a herpetological meeting.

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Is there anything wrong with him now? It's a shame he has to stay in captivity if he is a healthy bird that can be added to the breeding population.

Sanjukta Dey
Sanjukta Dey 10 years ago

What a beauty!

Thanks for your visit and comment, much appreciated.

AshleyT 10 years ago

He's already in there, Christy ;)

ChristyHolland 10 years ago

Wow!! That white makes his eyes look so intense!! He's gorgeous! Although captive, he still can go in the Raptor mission! ;-)

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Wichita, Kansas, USA

Spotted on Nov 2, 2013
Submitted on Nov 4, 2013

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