A rare albino wallaby has been born at a zoo in Cambridgeshire. The bald joey, with pink eyes, was spotted by a member of the public after emerging from its mother's pouch at Linton Zoo, near Saffron Walden.
The zoo believes the albino red-necked wallaby, which will grow white fur, is
a descendant of one given to the Queen. Zoo director Kim Simmons said staff initially got "a bit of a shock", but the
joey was now being well looked after by its parents Kylie and Jason.
"It's been in the pouch for a little while now and we've been able to see it
wriggling around, but when it popped its head out for the first time we got a
bit of a shock - we didn't really expect it to be an albino," said Ms
"[Our wallabies] are probably descended from albinos that were donated to the
Queen on a state visit to Australia in 1962. On the very odd occasion an albino
will be born and we've got that very odd occasion."