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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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:iconelrefugio2014:
Elrefugio2014 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! This is the cutest jaguar I have ever seen! I love jaguars!!!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Thanks! He's quite handsome in real life (even though he isn't really white). :)
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Werejewel Featured By Owner 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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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
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 Featured By Owner 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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CaptainPebble Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student General Artist
He is really beautiful, it looks so unreal... :) Great job!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Thanks! :)
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Absolutely beautiful! :heart:
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Thank you! :)
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
You're very welcome. :bow: :)
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Roguesbooks Featured By Owner 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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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
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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Roguesbooks Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Thank you! That was very helpful, I shall try & remember it :D
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patty6394 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
THIS IS MY FIRST WHITE JAGUAR I'VE SEEN. THEY ARE REALLY HARD TO FIND. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
As far as I know, there are only two white jaguars currently in existence: two siblings born in a zoo in Germany. I would love to see them in real life someday. :)
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shirls-art Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
wow hes gorgouse
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thanks, I'm glad that you liked him. :)
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MoondragonEismond Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks so unreal X___x he have a big head and small eyes X___x
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Jaguar heads are just like that. Unlike other most other cats (which go for the neck or throat), jaguars kill their prey by biting directly through the skull. Thus, they have exceptionally wide heads with large jaw muscles. They are like the pit bulls of the cat world. :)
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MoondragonEismond Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They looks funny, with the big head and
the little eyes :)
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Crazythewaytobe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Furballs:)
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ShadowsKiss Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Uhhhhg I love leucistic animals SO MUCH. And this is so effing beautiful. A shame there aren't more of them.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Ha ha, me, too! Once the weather warms up, my partner and I are taking a weekend trip to a nearby town to see their leucistic squirrels. :D
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Sethaa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
The head looks to big for his small eyes o.o
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Jaguars are just like that. Unlike other cats, they typically kill their prey by biting directly through its skull, so they need some huge jaw muscles. It makes their head look wide, sort of like a feline version of a pit bull. :D
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PictureByPali Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:) lovely capture :) well done my friend
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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PictureByPali Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Photomanip is two photos, ^SanguineVamp wrote something about it recently :).
This is a great shot anyway!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thanks, I was pretty sure that the gallery description used to specify that! I have no idea why they removed the descriptions from both the search page and the upload page... makes it so much harder to figure out where to put things. I'll probably go ahead and put this one in digital darkroom photography. I think it makes more sense to put it there anyway. :lol:
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It did used to say. I can't find the one she just posted either, haha. It does fit in darkroom to me too :).
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shiverz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning! My first time seeing a white jaguar, thankyou so much for sharing ^-^ I hope I can visit them sometime in the future!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I hope I get to see them someday, too! They are quite beautiful creatures. :)
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FluffyAri Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Featured here: [link] :heart:
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RPbogal Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty :3
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Thanks. :)
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RPbogal Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome :D
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013   General Artist
I'm not sure why, but (although male) this Jaguar kind of reminds me of actress Dame Judy Dench, there's just something about the shape of the face, the silver fur and those piercing eyes.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I hadn't thought about that, but you're right. He does have that same face sharp and intense expression/gaze. I absolutely adore her. She's such a brilliant, dignified actor. :)
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Fb-PHE13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That jaguar is beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thanks, I'm glad that you liked him. :)
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Fb-PHE13 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :3
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Daroga1 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

That's all
Thank you <3
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thanks! :)
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animalluvr6 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Artist
This is gorgeous! I never have seen a 'white' jaguar before! Gorgeous! :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thanks! I have never seen one in real life. I would love to someday! :)
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L30pard0 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A beautiful and intimidating creature.Great work on your part, I would not know it's a manipulation.Thanks for sharing....[link]
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thanks, I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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blsrckgtr Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Thank you. :)
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