Science Albino gorilla was inbred, say scientists

Albino gorilla: A genetic study of Snowflake, the world's only known albino gorilla, found that he was likely the product of a pairing between an uncle and a niece.

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Courtesy Institut de Biologia Evolutiva

The most popular resident of the Barcelona Zoo likely had a mother who was also his first cousin. His maternal grandparent would therefore have been his aunt or uncle, so his paternal grandparents would have also been his maternal great-grandparents. And his offspring were his first cousins twice removed.