Black bear cub with creamy white coat baffles scientists

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Black Bear Cub With Creamy White Coat Baffles Scientists

Black bears are usually, well, black, but a wildlife worker in British Columbia spotted one of a decidedly different color, reports the Weather Network.

A cub recently seen on Whistler-Blackcomb mountain has a creamy white coat.

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An area guide was able to snap photos of the little one, but experts who have examined the images remain unsure why it has such a unique coat.

According to CBC News, one possibility is the 5-month old is a Kermode, a light-furred black bear subspecies.

Another theory proposes the cub is an albino.

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A white peacock opens its feathers in a cage in the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad on June 9, 2011. The peacock is the national bird of India and the white peacock is often mistaken for an albino, but it is in fact a recessive mutation. (Photo by Noah Seelam, AFP/Getty Images)
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A rescued albino blackbird is pictured at the animal rescue station in Bartosovice, Moravia. There are maximum several dozens of albino blackbirds in Europe. In nature, most of them do not survive because others attack them. This first in Czech Republic albino blackbird is one month old and was found in a park. AFP PHOTO/ RADEK MICA (Photo credit should read RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Either way, experts hope to soon find out for sure.

They do caution against people rushing to find the bear, as becoming acclimated to humans will diminish the animal's already slim chances of survival.

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