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Rare Albino Wallaby Has Regular Sun Cream Massages To Stop His Delicate Skin From Burning

A rare albino wallaby born during the recent heatwave has to have regular massages with sun cream to stop his delicate skin from burning.

The little joey, who has not yet been named, has pure white fur due to a genetic mutation and wouldn’t survive in the wild due to poor eyesight and lack of camouflage.

As temperatures top 25C in the UK, keepers at Woburn Safari Park, Bucks., are regularly applying sun cream to protect him from the sun’s rays.

Animals with albinism have a reduced amount of melanin, or no melanin at all, causing them to have white or very light blonde hair, which burns easily in the sun.

In wallabies, their eyes and nose are most at risk.

The joey is one of lots of newborn animals born at the park in a recent summer baby boom, including an alpaca, pengion chicks and three barbary macaque monkeys.

Keepers have asked the public for ideas of what to name the wallaby as part of a Facebook competition and are due to announced the winning name in due course.

This weekend, Brits are set to sizzle in a three-day mini heatwave as a hot air plume blasts the UK, sending temperatures soaring to 27C.

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