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New Orleans aquarium welcomes another white alligator

New Orleans aquarium welcomes another white alligator

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Days after the death of one of its rare white alligators, The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans says it has added a new one to the population in its Mississippi River Gallery.

The Audubon Institute says the new resident is one of a pair found by Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries agents on a Federal Preserve in West Louisiana in 2009.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service donated the alligators to Audubon Nature Institute and they have been residing at the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, a private facility in New Orleans.

Audubon's white alligators are leucistic (looh SIS tik), having a rare genetic condition that reduces the color pigmentation in their skin.

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