Snapshot Serengeti Talk

Blond wildebeest?

  • dms246 by dms246 moderator

    The large wildebeest in the centre of the image looks almost white. I don't think it's just a trick of the light.


  • AowlanCrystal by AowlanCrystal moderator

    Could it have shed alot of its coat at once for some reason and its the skin showing through on the rump/back? if you look at the ones laying down, they seem patchy coated and paler in some areas, maybe its a combo of the angle of the light and a heavy moult/loss of hair at the back.

    I'm thinking this, cause, the chances of a white or near white baby surviving to adulthood would be about impossible, cause it would stick out to the predators more than any other, day or night and become target, although would like to be proved wrong, if indeed there is a Paler Wildebeest that has some gene mutation for dilution of coat colour.