A Rare Yellow Penguin Is Seen For The First Time, Looks Like It’s Plated With Gold

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Undoubtedly Penguins are the cutest bird among several species, but they are spotted rarely because of their distant habitat. 

But a wave of excitement and wonder can be caused when you spot something rarest among rare such as a Yellow Penguin. The scientists and birdwatchers were stunned when they spotted a Yellow Penguin which looks like a penguin plated with gold. 

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This beautiful gold-plated bird was spotted on a remote island off the coast of Antarctica by wildlife photographer Yves Adams and his team. They were on an expedition to capture glimpses of the island’s penguins. 

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The Yellow Penguins are nothing but the result of a genetic mutation that led them to stand out from their black and white counterparts with their striking golden-yellow plumage. 

Their unique appearance has been attributed to a rare genetic condition known as Leucism and Albinism. Leucism causes a partial loss of pigmentation in feathers, skin, hair, eyes, etc. Albinism can cause a complete lack of melanin, which means white feathers, hair, eyes, etc. 

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Yves Adams, who has been photographing penguins for more than ten years, said he had never seen a Yellow Penguin before. He also stated that it was an extraordinary sight for everyone who has been working with penguins for years. They consider themselves lucky to have seen it. 

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The discovery of the Yellow Penguin has caused a sensation among the scientific community. They are more curious than ever to gather more information about this unusual penguin and its genetic mutation. However leucistic birds are not uncommon, several birds with the genetic mutation have been spotted for so long across the world. 

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But it was the first time a Yellow Penguin was spotted, scientists and researchers are eager to study the bird and know how this genetic mutation caused and what kind of impacts it may cause on the bird’s health and survival. The most possible drawback of their genetic mutation is that they are more vulnerable to predators, as they stand out from the rest of the colony. 

According to Adam and his team, the yellow penguin appeared in good health and interacted normally with its black and white counterparts. In wildlife, numerous cases have been noticed by researchers where species with a genetic mutation are abandoned by their parents or family. Fortunately, it was not happening with Yellow Penguin. 

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Rare Yellow Penguin

This discovery has again highlighted the importance of penguins in the ecosystem and their conservation. Penguins are already facing a lot of challenges for their survival, due to climate change, overfishing, hunting, pollution, etc. If penguins and their colonies will not be protected then spotting a yellow penguin will typically be impossible.  

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The sighting of this rare Yellow Penguin has captured the attention of everyone and sparked new interest in these remarkable creatures. Along with appreciating the beauty of these stunning creatures, we should also take responsibility to protect them so that our future generations would also enjoy their sight. 

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