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Snowflake instantly became the star of the zoo, because nobody had ever seen a white gorilla.  Snowflake is an "albino".

Albinos have totally white skin because of their lack of pigmentation, and they have pink eyes for the same reason.  Although Snowflake is not totally white (his shoulders and head are yellowish), and his eyes are blue (instead of pink), he is still considered to be a Type B or a yellow albino.

Snowflake has one typical effect of being an albino which is poor eyesight.  Some people thought that he was always wearing a mean face, but he was actually just squinting his eyes so that he could see better.  In 2000 he had an operation on his eyes so he could see better.

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