Keepers have to apply suncream to rare albino wallaby in hot weather

Stay out of the sun! Keepers have to apply suncream to rare albino wallaby which gets burnt in hot weather

  • Wallaby has pure white fur due to genetic mutation and can’t survive in the wild 
  • Keepers at Woburn Safari Park, Buckinghamshire, regularly apply sun cream  
  • Albino animals have a reduced amount of melanin so they burn easily in the sun 

A rare albino wallaby born during the recent heatwave has to have regular massages with sun cream to stop his delicate skin from burning.

The little joey, who has not yet been named, has pure white fur due to a genetic mutation and wouldn’t survive in the wild because of his poor eyesight and lack of camouflage.

As temperatures top 77F (25C) in the UK, keepers at Woburn Safari Park, Buckinghamshire, are regularly applying sun cream to protect him from the sun’s rays.

A rare albino wallaby born during the recent heatwave has to have regular massages with sun cream to stop his delicate skin from burning

Animals with albinism have a reduced amount of melanin, or no melanin at all, causing them to have white or very light blonde hair, which means they burn easily in the sun.

In wallabies, their eyes and nose are most at risk.

The joey is one of lots of newborn animals born at the park in a recent summer baby boom, including an alpaca, penguin chicks and three barbary macaque monkeys.

Keepers have asked the public for ideas of what to name the wallaby as part of a Facebook competition and are due to announce the winner in due course.

This weekend, Brits are set to sizzle in a three-day mini heatwave as a hot air plume blasts the UK, sending temperatures soaring to 80F (27C). 


As temperatures top 77F (25C) in the UK, keepers at Woburn Safari Park, Buckinghamshire, are regularly applying sun cream to protect him from the sun’s rays. Animals with albinism have a reduced amount of melanin, or no melanin at all, causing them to have white or very light blonde hair, which burns easily in the sun

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