So Beautiful: Meet The Magical White Owl With Rare Red Eyes

An insanely adorable owl that looks like it came straight out of a fairytale has been making waves.

The said bird, which has snow-white feathers and cherry red eyes, has piqued the interest of many, some even guessing if it’s a snow owl. However, the peculiar yet magical appearance of this said owl is due to a rare condition.

According to Earthables, different from what people think that it’s a snow owl, this particular animal is in fact a screech owl — albino version. Screech owls are usually gray or rusty brown, but because of albinism, this particular bird lacks melanin to produce color. As a result, the albino screech owl sports a white coat.

Its glowing red eyes, which is normally yellow among screech owls, came from blood vessels. Because of the lack of melanin even in the eyes, the owl’s iris is colorless, reflecting the pink to red skin around its eyes.

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