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White Jaguar by MoonsongWolf White Jaguar by MoonsongWolf
White jaguars are not (generally) albino. Rather, they are leucistic.

Currently there are only two known in the world, twins living at the Aschersleben Zoo in Germany: [link]

But, of course, this lovely jag is neither of those two gorgeous furballs. This is Luca, a regular tawny spotted jaguar who lives at the Toronto Zoo (with a bit of tinkering in photoshop, of course). Although I actually did very little to his eyes... they really are that amazing blue colour! :)

Wavered a bit between putting this in photo manipulation or digital darkroom photograph. I wound up going with the former, even though I seem to recall that the photo manip category originally specified two or more photos needed to be used. However, I can't find that disclaimer anywhere now, so into the manip category this goes!

Original photo and altered image are *MoonsongWolf
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Werejewel Feb 10, 2014  Student Photographer
He's beautiful! His coloring is sort of like the golden tabby coloring of tigers; kind of muted.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
Ah, yes, the tabby tigers have the most beautiful colouring! Interesting how something as simple as muted colours can make a magical creature seem even more so. :)
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Werejewel Feb 17, 2014  Student Photographer
I agree. Tabby's are my favorite color, though it's very hard to choose. I love all the tiger colors.
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Pebblestar-Nightclan Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He is really beautiful, it looks so unreal... :) Great job!
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:iconshockwavex2:
Absolutely beautiful! :heart:
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:iconshockwavex2:
You're very welcome. :bow: :)
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Roguesbooks Apr 1, 2013
Simply beautiful!!

so, let me see if I understand this correctly - leucistic is the opposite to Melanistic, meaning that they don't have any dark pigmentation but unlike albino-ism, they don't have the pink/red colouration in the eyes, etc?
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
Thanks!

And, yes, for the most part that is correct. Leucism is the reduction of pigmentation, and albino is the absence of the specific pigment melanin. Leucistic animals tend to retain their normal eye colour, and most albinos will have reddish eyes (although, particularly in humans, some albinos will have some colour in their irises). Generally, in mammals, if an animal has a light colour fur but is not pure white all over, it is leucistic (like royal white tigers, which are white with black or brown stripes). And an albino mammal will be completely white. It's a little different with birds and reptiles, though, because they have pigments other than melanin... and albinism only affects melanin, while leucism affects all pigments! So I have a difficult time telling some non-mammal leucistics and albinos apart. :lol:
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