Beautiful Animals With Down Syndrome Prove Nothing Can Hold Them Back.
Educating Ourselves On Down Syndrome
Canadian Down Syndrome Society
It's safe to assume that when many of us think of Down Syndrome, we assume only humans can have it. But what is this condition? It's a genetic mutation where chromosome 21 has three copies, as opposed to two. Humans have 23 chromosome pairs, and pair 21 is involved in Down Syndrome. This occurs when the cells divide abnormally, leading to a third copy of chromosome 21. This mutation in chromosome 21 leads to a severe reduction in intelligence, which is a common feature in those afflicted with Down Syndrome.
Down But Not Out
This condition can cause mental disability, a wide array of health issues, and other unique physical features, but it doesn't mean that those with Down get to stay down. People born with Down Syndrome are able to do amazing stuff in school, in the athletic world, in movies, and also in beauty pageants. But did you know that humans aren't the only creatures who can develop Down Syndrome? But as you'll notice, it doesn't keep these guys down!
Hear Him Roar
Did you know that Down Syndrome can affect something as powerful as a lion? Scientists are still trying to figure out if humans and animal suffer similar effects. Some believe that apes and chimpanzees are the only creatures that are born with this condition because their genes are similar to humans. But others believe that the genetic mutation on chromosome 21 can be found in other species as well. Either way, this lion is still king of the forest!
The truth is that genetic mutations can occur in any living thing, and while these creatures may seem different, they still warrant attention and lots of love. But admittedly, if you ran into this guy in the woods, you probably wouldn't want to hug him or anything. After all, just because he's totally adorable doesn't mean he doesn't have wild instincts!
The Majestic White Tiger
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuse
A white tiger named Kenny was born in Turpentine Creek, a refuge for wildlife located in the Southern part of the United States. He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome but he sadly passed away back in 2008. He was known as an inbred because his parents were related. Yes, Kenny's folks were brother and sister, which lead to his genetic abnormality.
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