OMIA 000202-9600 : Coat colour, albinism in Pongo pygmaeus

In other species: domestic cat , cattle , dog , rabbit , sheep , Sumatran tiger , western chorus frog , grass carp , golden hamster , gray short-tailed opossum , raccoon , meadow voles , water buffalo , Arizona pocket mouse , nutria , eastern chipmunk , rufous rat-kangaroo , hippopotamus , hares , northern pocket gopher , North American deer mouse , ass , Japanese medaka , rainbow trout , brown bear , American mink , grivet , goldfish , Campbell's desert hamster , humpback whale , axolotl , African clawed frog , turkey vulture , American black bear , domestic ferret , pig , domestic guinea pig , Tufted capuchin , dark-spotted frog , Japanese wrinkled frog , Rice frog , lion

Possibly relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s) (MIM number): 203100

Mendelian trait/disorder: unknown

Considered a defect: yes

Cross-species summary: Congenital lack of pigment in all parts of the body. Due to a non-functional form of the enzyme tyrosinase. Also known as Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA)

History: As reported via http://www.orangutans.com.au/Orangutans-Survival-Information/BOS-Foundation-Rescues-Albino-Orangutan.aspx, "The BOS [Borneo Orangutan Survival] Foundation, in cooperation with Central Kalimantan BKSDA, has successfully rescued a 5-year-old female orangutan from Tanggirang village, Kapuas Hulu sub-district, Kapuas Regency, Central Kalimantan. The rescue took place on April 29, after receiving information from the Kapuas Hulu of Police. She was held captive by local residents for two days but is displaying wild behaviours, meaning there is a good chance she could soon be released back to a natural habitat. A preliminary physical examination conducted by our medical team has determined this is an albino orangutan: her hair, eye, and skin color is paler than normal, and she is also sensitive to light. BOS Foundation will continue to observe her and conduct routine health tests at Nyaru Menteng Clinic."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-05-rare-albino-orangutan-borneo-island.html#jCp

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-05-albino-orangutan-alba-global-appeal.html#jCp"

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