‘Extremely Rare’ White Kangaroo Cosmo is born at NY Animal Adventure Park
- The joey, named Cosmo, was born at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville
- Cosmo was born with a white coat and black color pigmentation in the eyes
- Park owner believes he is the only kangaroo of his existence in North America
An extremely rare white kangaroo was born in a New York zoo.
The joey, named Cosmo, was born at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville with a rare condition known as leucism, which causes the partial loss of pigment in an animal.
Leucism can cause a white, pale, or blotchy discoloration, but unlike albinism, it does not affect the eyes.
White kangaroo Cosmo depicted with his father, male red kangaroo Boomer
Cosmo was born with a white coat and black color pigmentation in the eyes.
Park owner Jordan Patch believes Cosmo is the only kangaroo of its existence in North America.
The Joey was born five months ago as a male red kangaroo Boomer and female kangaroo Rosie, and like all kangaroos, he was the size of a miniature.
He then grew him in his mother’s pouch for four to five months, where he received care and nutrition until he was ready to be removed by rangers for inspection and medical assessment.
After that, Cosmo was returned to his mother’s pouch.
Cosmo’s condition doesn’t affect his overall health, but it means he wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild due to his inability to camouflage.
Cosmo pictured with park owner Jordan Patch. : ‘Immediately when we saw that he was white it was remarkable, but when we looked closer and saw the black eyes, our jaws fell to the ground,’ he said
Speak against CNN Regarding the birth of the unique joey, park owner Jordan Patch said: “The moment we saw that he was white it was remarkable, but when we took a closer look and saw the black eyes, our mouth fell to the ground.
“It was then that we knew we had something we had never seen in our entire career.”
He added that the birth of the joey had brought some ‘light to the end of the tunnel’ in 2021 and the park was no stranger to ‘amazing events and experiences’.
Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville is home to more than 100 animal species, and in 2017 the park attracted worldwide attention for the birth of a giraffe named April, which was streamed live around the world.