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This “Ugly Duckling” Ginger Seal Became An Outcast In His Colony For His Unusual Looks

This "Ugly Duckling" Ginger Seal Became An Outcast In His Colony For His Unusual Looks 4

This adorable orange ball of fluff that you can see in the photos below was recently spotted in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia. Apparently, such albino seals as this one are extremely rare. According to the Daily Mail, “experts say the chances of such a partial albino birth are one in 100,000.”

As you can probably tell, this little seal pup definitely stands out from the rest of the colony with its uniquely-colored fur and eyes. Turns out, because of its unusual looks, it has a higher risk of being rejected by the rookery.

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The scientists working in the area named it The Ugly Duckling

Image credits: Vladimir Burkanov

According to the biologist Vladimir Burkanov, who is working in the area, the albino seal pup has not become a total outcast, yet there are signs of it being slightly shunned. “This pup looks well-fed and was very active, so its mother clearly gave it plenty of milk,” Burkanov told the Daily Mail. “Other seals don’t pay too much attention to it in a somewhat worrying manner, so…

This “Ugly Duckling” Ginger Seal Became An Outcast In His Colony For His Unusual Looks

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