Two extremely rare white giraffes have been killed by poachers in north-eastern Kenya, conservationists say.

What happened?

Rangers had found the carcasses of the female and her calf in a village in Kenya

A third white giraffe is still alive. It is said to be the only remaining one in the world.

Why are they white?

Their white colour is due to a rare condition called leucism, which causes skin cells to have no pigmentation. It is different to albinism where no melanin is produced at all.

News of the white giraffes spread across the world after they were photographed in 2017.

Who killed them?

The poachers have not yet been identified, and their motive is still unclear.

The Kenya Wildlife Society, the main conservation body in the East African state, said it was investigating the killings.

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