'Spots' the rare white alligator has died in Louisiana aged 28

The animals suffered from a rare genetic disorder called leucism

Andrew Buncombe
Monday 07 September 2015 22:46 BST
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Spots the alligator suffered from leucism
Spots the alligator suffered from leucism (Audubon Zoo)

And so farewell Spots. You had it pretty good, all things considered.

You suffered from leucism, a rare genetic condition that reduces the colour pigmentation in the skin. Experts say it makes it all but impossible for animals with the condition to live in the wild.

Fortunate then, that you were one of 17 alligator hatchlings recovered by the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company in the swamps in 1986 and taken to New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo four years later.

Spots the alligator suffered from leucism
Spots the alligator suffered from leucism

And it seems that for quarter of a century, you delighted and enthralled visitors.

“Audubon Nature Institute is deeply saddened to announce the death of Spots,” said a message posted to the Aquarium’s Facebook page. “Spots died today at the age of 28.”

Managing Director Rich Toth, added: “We have been fortunate to be able to experience the wonder of such a rare and beautiful animal.”

“Because of Spots’ leucistic condition, his chances for survival in the wild were practically impossible. We’re proud to have cared for him for more than 28 years.”

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