A White Elephant is really an Albino Elephant
Everyone has heard the term white elephant, but did you know why they are considered white? As white elephant gift exchange experts it is our job to share the facts with the world.
The word Albino was first used in 1777 and is from the Portuguese language. The albino elephant is an animal that is lacking normal hide pigmentation. The result is that the skin and the hair are abnormally white or milky and the eyes have a pink or blue iris with a deep-red pupil. The light colored hide and light toe nails is the reason that they were called white elephants.
Albino elephants are extremely rare and unique. We have included some images of recent sightings as examples. You will notice that these white elephants do have a distinct albino look.
The AlbinoPhant Website
We have chosen the name AlbinoPhant for this white elephant gift sharing website, in honor of the great and rare white elephant. This site is also the home of a unique online white elephant gift exchange, the first internet version of the traditional white elephant party. Like the sighting of a rare albino elephant, AlbinoPhant is a unique and wonderful way to share fun white elephant gifts with family and friends no matter where they live. We are proud to share this fun world of gift giving with the rare albino elephant or white elephant.
Some Real White Elephants
Albino elephants are not usually white, but instead they have more of a reddish-brown or pink hue. They really appear pink when they are wet. We are not sure if the pink elephant that is associated with drunken hallucinations is because of the wet-look of these white elephants.
These unique white elephants are so rare that we really don’t know how they turn out the way they do. All that is known is that they are still a prized possession within the royal class in many Asian nations.