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

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)
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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)
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