Congratulations are in order for a pair of albino alligators in Kenansville, Florida.
Wild Florida Airboats & Gator Park announced on Facebook June 7 that caretakers for Snowflake and Blizzard found eggs inside their exhibit. The discovery makes the attraction the first in the world to have a successful albino to albino gator breeding, according to a Wild Florida spokesman.
The unique creatures have a partial or complete loss of pigmentation, hence their pale skin tone. Research suggests that some albino animals have difficulty in the wild.
"Alligator moms are some of the best moms out there in the animal kingdom, but unfortunately, Snowflake is blind due to her albinism," Wild Florida co-owner and co-founder Dan Munns said.
The park's Croc Squad collected 19 albino alligator eggs and moved them to a more secure location, according to a June 8 Facebook post.
“To ensure these eggs have the highest chance of survival, we’re relocating the eggs to a more secure location to help protect them from natural predators and monitor their progress,” Munns said.
Wild Florida went live on Facebook on June 7 to share the big news, writing, "We'll do everything we can to ensure their survival."
On Wednesday, the animal park shared video of the progess the eggs are making as they incubate. The eggs should hatch in about six weeks.
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