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We are going to show you some rare historical photos from the past to bring alternative proofs of modern history. From the most incredible inventions to the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy this rare but interesting travel to the past. Eiffel Tower construction July 1, 1887 and completed on April 15, 1889. This photo shows its 1988 progress, after completion of its first floor.

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“Lunchtime Atop a Skyscraper” shows construction workers eating lunch 840-feet above ground on break from building what is now the GE Building, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Photographer Charles C. Ebbets snapped the photo on September 20, 1932, as work on building progressed to its final stages – the 69th of 70 floors.

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The First Passengers Using The Brand New Subway System Of New York City in 1904. On October 27, 1904, New York City’s mayor, George McClellan, opened the now famed New York City subway system at 2:35 pm. He drove the first passengers, who paid ¢5 to ride the city’s underground transit system that then covered 9.1 miles of track through 28 stations.

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The now defunct Ringling Brothers Circus arrived by rail in the Bronx on April 1, 1963. Children watched as one of circus’ massive elephants stepped off the transport car.

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Famed actor and singer Frank Sinatra steps off a helicopter in 1964 with a drink in hand. Sinatra drank a bottle of whiskey a day and is considered a functional alcoholic by medical experts. In the weeks leading up to recording an album, he’d eschew both alcohol and cigarettes to prepare his voice for work, then return to regular consumption after the project wrapped.

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This shot of the Las Vegas Strip in 1968 shows the famous Stardust Casino and Hotel, a major money maker for the American mafia since its inception in 1958. At the time of its construction, the Stardust, was the largest casino and hotel in the city with 1,000 hotel rooms and a vast 16,000-square-feet casino. The story of the Stardust provided the topic of the film “Casino,” starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, James Woods.

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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy, Sr. took a break from work to clown around with his eldest child, Caroline. His daughter looks a bit different wearing a Halloween mask of her dad’s face.

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Far from a normal winter scene in New York City, the storm depicted is the Great New York Blizzard of 1947 which buried rather than blanketed the city. The snow began at 3:20 am and laid three inches on the ground by the time residents headed to work. The forecasted flurries turned into the biggest NYC blizzard up to the time – 25.8 inches during a 24-hour period that stalled vehicles in the street.

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Blonde bombshell Carol Wayne made a career out of appearing on The Tonight Show.  She performed in over 100 skits often as a ditzy blonde the was frequently the butt of Johnny Carson’s inappropriate jokes and innuendos.

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This iconic photo was taken when actress Joan Bradshaw was only 17 as she walked her dog down Hollywood Boulevard.  Joan went on to enter many beauty pageants eventually winning Miss Texas USA in 1953 and becoming an iconic pinup girl.

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The American car manufacturer Chevrolet produced many iconic vehicles in 1958, including the Bel Air and Impala, which it introduced that year. The Impala continues in production today, having become a classic of the US motor industry.

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American businessman and aeronautical pioneer Howard Hughes poses with his airplane the H-1 racer. He piloted it in 1935 to set the then world record speed for landplanes – 352.388 miles per hour.

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The oldest still operating McDonald’s restaurant opened on August 18, 1953. Located at 10207 Lakewood Boulevard, Downey, CA, it still serves customers the iconic hamburgers that started the fast food industry and franchise restaurants.

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In 1959, the Architect of the Capitol undertook efforts to restore the US Capitol’s dome, constructed largely of iron. Its exterior paint was sandblasted off, then a rust-proofing substance applied before it received its new paint.

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During World War II, Germany regularly bombed England, including its capital, London. Called “The Blitz,” Londoners sought shelter from the barrage of V1 flying bombs and V2 flying rockets in the city’s subway stations. The government eventually converted the Aldwych station to a permanent shelter, adding bunk beds and toileting facilities.

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In 1935, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge was halfway finished with brave construction workers working above a net suspended over the water to catch them if they fell. The net saved 19 workers, members of the “Halfway to Hell” club, during construction of the second longest suspension bridge. (The longest is the Verrazano Narrows Bridge constructed in 1964.)

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New York City residents sit on streets littered with celebration remnants after celebrating the end of World War II. On August 14, 1945, the 15,000 lightbulbs on the Times Tower zipper sign spelled out “Official – Truman announces Japanese surrender.” and the city erupted in celebration.

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On September 3, 1967, the country of Sweden switched its traffic laws and driving direction. Called Dagen H, the day marked the day the country switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to driving on the right-hand side of the road.

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Johnny Cash Arrested On Suspicion Of Drug Smuggling In Texas, 1965. “The Man in Black,” musician Johnny Cash, also moved a little weight in his time. US narcotics officials raided his plane when he returned from touring Mexico, expecting to find heroin, but instead unearthing a massive stash of amphetamines and sedatives the musician hid in his guitar case. Cash had enough drugs to fill a legal prescription for a year or more.

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Aerial View Of The Construction Of The Opera House In Sydney, 1966. The iconic Sydney Opera House took 16 years to construct, from 1957 to 1973. Its construction cost 15 times more than initially budgeted, angering Australian citizens.

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Painters On The Brooklyn Bridge, 1914. The photo “Brooklyn Bridge showing painters on suspenders” was snapped by a Department of Plant and Structures employee, Eugene de Salignac. He photographed many city construction and improvement projects in his 28 years with New York City, but his photographic eye went unnoticed until 2007 when de Salignac was honored with a show of his work – 65 years after his death.

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Young Robin Williams As A Mime In Central Park, 1974. Photographer Daniel Sorine snapped a picture of two young mimes in Central Park in 1974. One of the mime’s became one of America’s most famous comedians – actor/comedian Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 to August 11, 2014).

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This photo is an image of the famous Hindenburg crash. The famed balloon went up for it maiden voyage to show passengers and spectators alike the potential for balloon travel when a spark ignited the hydrogen that filled the airship while it attempted to dock. In all there were 36 fatalities and injuries as well.

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In the 1930s chance of war with Germany was on the minds of everyone in England. Here we see a photo of a mother pushing her gas resistant stroller with her gas mask. It was important to take precautions that would protect the citizens while they were out and about in the case of an attack by the Germans.

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Here we see a little girl holding her baby doll in the blown out wreckage of her home after the London air strikes during WWII.

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Animal therapy has long been a fantastic way to bring the spirits of people up when they are sick. Here we see a child that is undergoing a medical treatment and ducks are being used to help raise her spirits and take her mind off of her ailment.

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We’ve all heard about the Berlin Wall but few people have seen it save for those that live in Germany. Here we see the construction of the wall when it was barely as tall as a grown man in the year 1961.

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This photo of the unknown soldier with the piercing eyes has been shared millions of times and here we see it again. This soldier has “war is hell” scrawled on his helmet and is serving in the Vietnam War in the year 1965.

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Here we see young boy reading some of the books that were once housed in this bookstore before it was destroyed by the London Air Raid of 1940.

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Martin Luther King Jr. was certainly a man to be reckoned with. Here we see him with his very young son in the year 1960 removing the charred remnants of a burnt cross from his front yard.

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Racism was still rampant in the United States even in the year 1964. Here we see a hotel owner throwing acid into his pool when African American people swam in it.

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After being set in their ways for years, the government decided to switch from driving on the left side of the road to the right in Sweden and this mess is the result.

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Here we see babies that were airlifted out of Vietnam after the war being taken to America after they had been orphaned in 1975.

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Here is a photo of a very confused Richard Nixon trying to use chopsticks on a diplomatic visit to China in the year 1972.

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Here a solider removes the Adolf Hitler street sign after the conclusion of WWII in Germany and replaces it with Roosevelt Blvd.

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Here we see some of the stolen art that Hitler took during WWII, this is Manet’s “In the Conservatory”

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Here we see civil rights activist James Zwerg after he took the brunt of the beating from white crowds as he left a bus during the Alabama freedom rides in 1961.

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A photo of the sky over London after the bombing and following dogfight between British and German planes. Entire city blocks were leveled and millions of people were injured or even killed during these bombings.

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Pyroclastic Flow is the mixture of gas, lava and ash that is expelled from a Volcano when it erupts. Here we can see the pyroclastic flow from the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, Philippinnes in 1991.

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Ham the Astrochimp got to do things that no money ever did, he was the first Chimpanzee sent into space. This was a test for NASA to see if they could send a humanoid into space in 1961.

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Want to see what it looks like when your family sees you for the first time in six years, look below. This picture was taken as Lt. Col Robert Stirm, a prisoner of war in Vietnam was released and then reunited with his family.

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This is not photoshopped but indeed a real Manta Ray caught by Captain Al Kahn. The Manta Ray nicknamed ‘Devil Fish’, was over twenty feet wide and weighed more than five thousand pounds.

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Long before Fortnite and Madden esports packed arenas, a group of 10,000 people gathered to take part in the Nation Space Invaders Championship as seen in the below photo.

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Babe Ruth had so many milestones in his hall of fame baseball career that it would take a whole post dedicated just to that subject to even touch on a few of them, so instead we will show you one of his most memorable moments where he hits his 700th Home Run in 1934.

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The Champion Taco-Eating Pit Bull

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My neighbor Jose had just adopted a special pit bull from the local rescue shelter. It had been the faithful companion for five years of Jose’s elderly friend who had passed away a few months earlier. Because pit bulls have a bad rap, nobody wanted the dog, so the shelter planned to put it to sleep. When my neighbor learned that his friend’s faithful companion was about to be killed, he immediately adopted the dog. I don’t know about cats having nine lives, but that dog definitely got a second life.

That dog went everywhere with Jose. The dog’s name was Lucky, but Jose made a point of calling him something like “Lu-key.” Jose even got that large pooch service-dog certified, which meant he could take that dog into the supermarkets and even into the county fair.

Last July, I was assigned to judge the taco eating contest. A few months later the county fair started. Somehow Jose managed to get Lucky into the fair on my judgment day. According to him, the ticket office at first refused to let Lucky the service dog go in, because of all the other animals there. So Jose was sent to the exhibitor’s entrance, where the fair’s president was. After the president argued with Jose a bit, he was left at the gate with Lucky while the fair officials argued about what to do. During that time, exhibitors with other dogs, cats, pigs, and birds of all kinds, came into the fair through that same gate. Lucky looked at those other animals but did not budge from Jose’s side. Not a sound came from him, though other animals sometimes made a racket. The president noticed that and then decided to let Jose and Lucky conditionally come in; Lucky was in no way to disturb the other animals, children, or people.

A local guy named Walt came to the taco eating contest as a participant, not letting his wife know. We had TV-like tables set up with fifteen Mama Juanita’s Taqueria soft-shelled chicken tacos on each one, the best tacos for hundreds of miles. The contestant who at them the fastest won the contest. It happened that Jose and Lucky were the closest to Walt’s table.

Well, no sooner had I blown the start whistle than Walt’s wife screamed out his name, “Walter Higgins! Get over here!” At that shout, he jumped up and bumped over his table filled with tacos, in front of Lucky. Walt then bolted away from that area as fast as a rooster with its tail feathers aflame. Well, Lucky apparently felt lucky, so he jumped the few feet needed to get at all those tacos on the ground in front of him and started gobbling them down. It wasn’t long before all the contest spectators were watching Lucky, some aiming their Instagram-linked iPhone cameras at him. It was only later we discovered that CNN also had a cameraman at that event. Not only did Lucky eat all the tacos, but he was also the first to finish them as well!

Since the top two human taco eating contest champions were state-level champs, it didn’t take the local folk much time to declare, over the protest of those two guys, Lucky the 2015 taco eating contest winner. CNN national news and its website showed scenes of Lucky gobbling up the last of the tacos. The fair’s Facebook page ended up with the greatest number of views in local history. The social media sensation Lucky would become the “picture boy” for the next state fair.

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Bizarre Starfish Found in Palm Beach

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A person visiting Palm Beach, Florida witnessed a huge starfish gliding across the sand after low tide. While dislodging itself out of the sand, the creature slowly crawled across the sand, almost looking like it was floating on the surface. The video’s unloader says that he was amazed to watch the bizarre-looking creature embarked on his journey.



The National Geographic notes that starfish are invertebrate and that they are part of the family that consists of sand dollars and sea urchins. The majority of starfish live in tidal pools and coral reefs.

Most starfish have spiny skin and consist of five arms. However, some species can grow to have as many as 50 arms. The one in the video that is going viral has nine arms. Underneath the arms, you can see small little suckers that are used to allow the animal to slowly creep along the ocean floor — in this case along the sand. On the ends of its arms are eye-spots that are light-sensitive and are used for hunting food. They attack prey by attaching themselves and spreading its stomach out through its mouth, essentially vomiting onto its prey, with enzymes breaking down the prey so that the starfish can digest it. While we usually have a pleasant mental image of a beautiful starfish, what’s underneath it is surprisingly terrifying

About The Starfish Species


While it is difficult to determine the type of species in the viral video, it is most likely a Luidia senegalensis. These starfish are known for their unique nine arm formation. Once fully grown, they’ll have a diameter of about 16 inches, with some specimen growing even larger. They could be found in depths of up to 130 feet around the coast of Florida.


Why Are Starfish Found At The Beach?


Most starfish are found in deep waters or in small pools along the beach called tidal pools. During low tide, the ocean pulls back from the beach, revealing small sea animals.

Sometimes starfish are found in beaches because of age or because they are dying. Thankfully the starfish in the viral video looks very robust and healthy, slowly dislodging itself from the sand and crawling to a safe spot in the water or a nearby tidal pool.

What To Do If You Find A Starfish

Joey did the right thing — he kept his distance, and did not disturb the starfish or its environment. Never harvest live starfish for several reasons — unless you can explicitly identify the starfish, you might be handling one that is venomous to human beings. While starfish do not attack humans, they can intentionally or accidentally inflict painful stings with a release of venom when they are handled.

Unfortunately, there’s also the chance of fatally damaging the starfish. Starfish not only sensitive, but they can only breathe while in the water. Some might instantly die when lifted out of the water or touched by a human.

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The Day I Met a Baby Gray Whale

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In addition to being one of the most curious and intelligent creatures in Earth’s oceans, due to their great size and the fact that they travel vast distances, gray whales are also host to a wealth of scientific data about the health of our oceans. Gray whales have a long history of unique interactions with humans. Most of the time they appear indifferent to us. Sometimes they behave in a friendly way. But during a few points in history, in a small number of locations, legends of gray whales flipping small boats and dragging men beneath the waves have cropped up.

But gray whales can even be dangerous when they do not mean to be. Weighing in at nearly 40 tons, with massive flippers and a huge, powerful tail, gray whales have downed many small boats either accidentally or otherwise. But these fascinating creatures still have a powerful draw for us. They are mysterious, massive, and have eyes which reflect a strangely familiar intelligence.

So when Cheryl and David Kipling set out in hopes of meetings these creatures face to face, it was no small task overcoming their trepidation. Cheryl and David are biologists and run a lab where they study the remains of whales that have been killed prematurely by the actions of humans.

Cheryl explained, “I’ve autopsied the brains of half a dozen gray whales and the one thing that stands out is the size and sophistication of their limbic brain.”

We asked for more clarification on why having a big limbic brain is such a big deal.

She replied, “The limbic brain, in mammals, is the part of the brain that renders emotions. It’s sandwiched between the fore-brain- which is big in humans, and the hindbrain- which controls all of our cravings and reflex instincts. The limbic brain motivates us with feelings. When you look at a puppy and say ‘ahh’ at his big brown eyes, or when you miss a loved one and want to see them, that’s the limbic brain. Judging by the size of their’s, these animals are deeply emotional. They are primarily emotional, in fact- whereas people might be said to be primarily intellect oriented. That’s why it’s such a crime to keep orcas in captivity, separate them from their pods- their families. They suffer intensely.”

Equipped with this new and strange knowledge, going out with Dave and Cheryl to meet the whales felt all the more momentous. Getting out on the water to the right spot where the whale sightings were happening took most of the day. But the weather was beautiful, the water was calm, and we would have been happy even if no whales had shown up. But they did.

The couple spotted a mother and calf breaching the surface some distance off. They were headed in our direction. For several minutes, wonder, anticipation, and- we’ll admit, a little bit of dread were palpable. All I could think about is what I would do if one of these animals accidentally flipped our boat.

But eventually, the mother and calf reached us. They were careening off to the south. But then the baby spotted us and approached our boat. It came right up to the boat and held its long snout out of the water right next to the boat. It just sort of “stood” there. Cheryl and David reached out and stroked the animal’s nose while the mother looked on.

The baby whale turned and looked us over with its oddly small eye, calmly, almost serenely as Cheryl and David stroked her. Then the whales passed as quietly as they came. I’ll never forget the lucidity and the depth of feeling in the eye of that baby whale.

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World’s Smallest McDonald’s Restaurant Draws Attention to Important Issue

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McDonald’s is one of the world’s leading fast food restaurant chains, with Statista noting that they had as many as 37,855 restaurants open across the globe as of the end of last year. Given the sheer number of McDonald’s restaurants currently operation, one would think that the opening of another one would barely register on an international level, but that was not the case.

That’s due in large part to this particular restaurant being dedicated to serving customers of a different species.

The Remarkable McHive

In partnership with the advertising agency NORD DDB, McDonald’s created a miniature replica of one of their restaurants. The small restaurant, known as the McHive, features many of the same elements that people will see if they visit one of the McDonald’s branches in their area.

There are drive-thru windows present on the McHive, large windows, and outdoor seating for guests who may prefer to dine in an open-air environment. One can even see some posters advertising the restaurant chain’s offerings plastered on the walls of the “World’s Smallest McDonald’s.”

Of course, it cannot be called a McDonald’s restaurant without those iconic golden arches serving as its crowning glory.

This restaurant isn’t designed for people to dine in though. Instead, the McHive, as its name already hints at, is meant to house bees.

The Meaning behind the McHive

The McHive is actually a nod to a movement initiated by branches of the fast food chain in Sweden. Some of the McDonald’s restaurants in the aforementioned country have started to house beehives on their rooftops.

Also of note, the McHive features beehives on top of its roof and inside of it as well.

Via AdWeek, McDonald’s Sweden marketing director Christoffer Rönnblad said that the restaurant chain is happy to spread the message of sustainability. McDonald’s has gotten behind the practice of hosting beehives on the rooftops of their restaurants.

Set designer Nicklas Nilsson was responsible for the creation of the McHive. Since the release of the video showing off the McHive, the gorgeous structure has been auctioned off and the proceeds from it have gone to Ronald McDonald House charities.

While McDonald’s efforts to promote sustainable and to help the bee population are laudable, they will need more help to succeed.

The Concerning Status of the Bee Population

According to a recent report from ABC News, the bee population is continuing to decrease at an alarming rate. Research notes that 37.7 percent of the managed bee population declined from Oct. 1, 2018 to April 1 of this year.

That’s a noticeable decline in the managed bee population and it represents the largest winter losses since surveys were first conducted back in 2006. Accounting for a larger of window of time that goes from April 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019, the reported losses in the managed bee population totaled 40.7 percent.

Scott McArt, the assistant professor of pollinator health at Cornell University, described the aforementioned losses in the managed bee population as “unsustainably high.” McArt also mentioned that the losses can be explained in part by the presence of the varroa mite parasite that has been known to carry and spread diseases inside beehives.

According to EarthDay.org, other factors contributing to the decline of the bee population include climate change, habitat fragmentation, and the use of certain pesticides.

The decline of the population is not something to be taken lightly. Bees play an important role in the world’s ecosystem as they are excellent pollinators. Plants pollinated by bees are said to make up 35 percent of the world’s food production.

Furthermore, the loss of bees could indirectly affect other animals that sustain themselves on the products that come about as a result of pollination.

Should the bee population continue to drop at an unsustainable rate, the effects on food production for all creatures that inhabit the Earth could be quite severe.

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Looking Back at an Eventful Summer for Snowflake the Albino Alligator

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The past few months have been quite eventful for one particular albino alligator.

In case you missed it, an albino alligator named Snowflake generated more than a few headlines in recent months.

Back in May, Snowflake was welcomed as a kind of guest of honor after arriving at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. It’s easy to see why Snowflake caused a stir when she first made her way to the Brookfield Zoo.

Due to her albinism, Snowflake can stand out easily even amongst a crowded congregation of alligators. She possesses noticeably white skin that can be likened very much to the look of ivory and her eyes also have a pinkish hue. Those characteristics are typical of an albino alligator.

It is worth noting that Snowflake is also significantly shorter than many of the other alligators that you may be able to see in zoos or swamps. Per ABC 7 Chicago, Snowflake measures about 7 feet long. An average adult female American alligator measures about 8.2 feet tall, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute.

While Snowflake was enjoying the attention from visitors at the Brookfield Zoo, an important and exciting discovery was made back at her home.

Snowflake Is Going to be a Mother

In June, Wild Florida announced that the caretakers of Snowflake and another albino alligator named Blizzard found eggs at the pair’s shelter. A total of 19 eggs were found at Snowflake and Blizzard’s exhibit, WFTV 9 reported.

Upon spotting the eggs, the caretakers acted fast to collect and move them to a more secure location.

Wild Florida co-founder and co-owner Dan Munns explained that moving the eggs out of the shelter was a necessary step due to some of the difficulties that the pair of albino alligators may encounter as parents. Munns explained that while alligators typically make for great mothers, Snowflake may not be as capable as some of her counterparts because of the blindness brought about by her albinism.

By securing the eggs themselves, the caretakers can shield them from any predators that may come snooping around. The eggs are being kept in an incubator in order so that they can be cared for in a more controlled environment. The caretakers mentioned that keeping the eggs in an environment where the temperature can remain at a stable level is essential to successful hatching.

Additional Facts about Albino Alligators

The fact that the eggs came from parents exhibiting albinism could very well turn out to be good news for the albino alligator population. Typically, albino alligators are born as a result of two normal alligators who carry the recessive gene for albinism mating, according to Safari Ltd. Since both Snowflake and Blizzard are albino alligators, the chances for them producing offspring that feature the same physical traits could be higher.

The albino alligator population could certainly use a boost. At present, biologists estimate that only around 100 albino alligators could be alive across the entire world.

Albino alligators are rare not just because they are the offspring of parents carrying some uncommon genes. It is also difficult for albino alligators to survive precisely because of their unique appearance.

Unlike the alligators that feature a more common skin color, albino alligators find it incredibly difficult to disguise themselves. That makes them easy prey for predators especially when they are younger.

Because of those struggles they could potentially face in the wild, you will often find zoos and farms caring for albino alligators to ensure that they can live out long and happy lives. While it’s still unclear what kind of offspring Snowflake and Blizzard will produce, there is certainly a fair amount of optimism that they will bring more albino alligators into the world.

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