Rare Ginger Seal Pup May Have To Be Rescued Because It's Shunned by Rest of the Colony | 22 Words

A very unusual seal spotted in Russia - and it has a surprisingly sad story.

We've all seen seals before.

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But this is a seal with a difference.

Instead of the usual grey tones...

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This seal stands out from the crowd.

He doesn't look like his peers.

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But instead of being celebrated for his uniqueness, it's causing a problem.

The other seals aren't on board.

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In fact, they're not so keen on their ginger peer.

Which could lead to some sad consequences ...

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This rare type of albinism could mean he gets shunned by the herd.

So far, things are looking ok.

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"This pup looks well-fed and was very active, so its mother clearly gave it plenty of milk," said Vladimir Burkanov, the scientist who discovered him.

But there are some issues rearing their head.

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"Other seals don't pay too much attention to it in a somewhat worrying manner, so something is not quite right with it."

He added:

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"It is not getting chased or bitten." That's a good thing at least.

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Check him out.

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We think he's pretty adorable!

The chances of such a partial albino birth are one in 100,000.

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He's extremely unique.

So cute!

To help the marine biologists working with this rare seal, you can donate here.

We just hope he finds acceptance.

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Otherwise, we'll be happy to take him as a pet! Fancy another rare animal story? Scroll on ...