A rare white giraffe and its calf have been killed by poachers at the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa County.

The giraffe which hit the headlines in 2017 after giving birth to the calf was the only one of its kind. They both suffered from a genetic condition called Leucism. This condition prevents pigmentation in the skin but continues to produce some dark pigments in the host’s soft tissue, explaining why the giraffe had dark eyes and other colorings.

Other sightings of white giraffe were spotted in Tanzania and Ethiopia but experts said they never made it past the age of six months due to their white color which made them an easy target for the predators.

The viral video of the animals caused a concern among the conservationists that the media attention was exposing the animals to poaching.