Albino Borrego

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ALBINO BORREGO (Natural)

 

The Albino Borrego has been the topic of much conjecture since its discovery in early October 2003 by Jason Van Kirk and Shawn Silva.  In two thrilling nights of hunting, approximately thirty-six hours apart, Van Kirk and Silva found an albino neonate rosy each night in the same location.  Then on March 9, 2004 Van Kirk found an additional female albino.  Silva described the first nights discovery as a surreal experience, acknowledging both the "once in a lifetime find" and the impending skepticism that would undoubtedly follow.  Van Kirk's breeding project with this line has gone slowly.  In 2006 the original male albino died.  However, back on October 2, 2004 Van Kirk and Silva collected a pair of small wild type boas approximately fifty yards from their albino finds.  In 2008 the male of this pair was bred to the original albino female.  An albino baby was produced in the litter making the wild type male a carrier of the albino gene.  The Albino Borrego is very similar in appearance to the Albino Whitewater in pattern, body and eye coloration, further leading to speculation that this Albino line may have been offspring of released Albino Whitewater line rosys. As of 2008 this line has not been bred back to the Albino Whitewater line to determine a genetic connection.

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