05:56 GMT04 December 2020
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    Animals or reptiles lacking melanin in their bodies that appear to be white, pink, or bleached are called albinos. However, they usually have one pigment present in their body which can make them appear yellow instead of white.

    A bright yellow-hued turtle from the flap shell species was spotted in a pond in the Indian state of West Bengal. The turtle was rescued by the national Forest Service. 

    Indian Forest Service officer Debashish Sharma shared pictures of the yellow turtle. He stated that the animal's rare hue is attributed to some "genetic mutation or congenital disorder due to the absence of tyrosine pigment".

    This is a second such find of a peculiar-looking turtle. In July, one albino turtle was found in the state of Odisha: a farmer in eastern India discovered a turtle with an unusual bright yellow colour. He alerted his local animal rights activists, who suggested that the animal is albino. 


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