Rare albino kangaroos call Australian race track home

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Rare Albino Kangaroos Call Australia Race Track Home

If you ever happen to be in Bathurst, Australia, you might be headed there for the "Bathurst 1000" or the "Great Race." Back in 2009, controversy sparked when about 140 kangaroos were spotted near the tracks -- with cars going as fast as 125 miles per hour, reports Phys.org.

But some have recently noticed some kangaroos that don't exactly look like your typical marsupial -- they are rare albino kangaroos. These fellows are a bit smaller than ordinary 'roos and are a snowy white and gray according to The Telegraph.

Unfortunately, because these little guys are easy to spot, they stand out to predators and have a shorter lifespan. This March, children discovered the rare creature near Bathurst -- and their father, Michael Collins, told 9news, "The kids thought someone spray-painted him."

Daniel Ramp, a conservation biologist from the University of Technology, Sydney says it is unlike anywhere else -- because the population is so small, there is a bit of inbreeding, which causes the rare albino gene to appear.

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Rare albino kangaroos call Australian race track home
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An albino baby kangaroo and its mother hop around their enclosure at the Enghave Animal & Nature Park in Broerup, 256 kms (159 miles) west of Denmark's capital Copenhagen Friday April 24, 2009. The albino Bennett kangaroo has been exploring the world outside its mother's pouch for about two weeks, one of the owners of the park said. Karina Christensen, who owns the park with Niels Christensen, added that the albino kangaroo has not been named yet, because its sex is still unknown. Its mother also has no name, but its grandmother was named Snow White, she said. Albino kangaroos are very rare, with only about 1 of every 10,000 kangaroos being born white, Karina Christensen said. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Holger Bundgaard)

Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) Wilsons Promontory National Park, Australia. (Photo via Getty)

Male baby Kangaroo Norman cuddles with its substitute mother and zookeeper Yvonne Wicht at the Zoo in Krefeld, Germany, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Norman was born in September and was expulsed by it's biological mother so that zoo keeper Wicht jumped into that role. The resettlement into it's family is planned for spring. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Rare albino kangaroo came into the world in May in Osijek ZOO, the last few weeks has ventured to go from mother and explore it enclosure. (Photo: Marko Mrkonjic/PIXSELL)
A rare albino kangaroo appears camouflaged against the coral sands of Lovers' Cove on Daydream Island in the Whitsundays archipelago off Queensland on July 11, 2010. Albinism (from Latin albus, 'white') is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the hair due to the absence of an enzyme involved in the production of melanin and results from inheritance of the recessive gene alleles. (Photo by Torsten Blackwood, AFP/Getty Images)
Irwin Kangaroo, right, and Christie Carr, left, have found a new home at the Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Okla, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. (Photo via Getty)
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Rare albino kangaroo came into the world in May in Osijek ZOO, the last few weeks has ventured to go from mother and explore it enclosure. (Photo: Marko Mrkonjic/PIXSELL)
Albino and brown kangaroo on green grass
A baby albino kangaroo looks out of it's mothers pouch at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Albino kangaroos in wildlife have a probability of 1 to 20,000. The same mother had an albino baby last year which was caught by a fox and died. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

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