Meet Jenny, the rare albino otter found in Iraq

STORY: This rare albino Eurasian Otter was spotted in Iraq

Location: Balad, Iraq

Fisherman Nasser Latif pulled the animal

from the Tigris river in a fishing net

He posted a video of his find online

It attracted numerous purchase offers

MAHDI LAITH, HEAD OF MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, IRAQI GREEN CLIMATE ORGANIZATION:

"The price went up a lot, up to 50,000 or 75,000 USD for this animal. And we are really thanking the fisherman who fished this animal for refusing to accept these temptations and for preserving this animal without selling it, trading it, or without (allowing it to) exit Iraq's borders."

Latif says he is keeping the otter in

an enclosure by the riverbank

Experts are worried the animal could

be caught by others if released

Iraq’s ministry of environment is

studying whether the otter should be

rehabilitated and released or

transferred to a zoo in Baghdad

"This animal faces many threats so we need to protect this animal as much as we can and put an end to the hunting and killing of these animals and protect them in Iraq's environment."

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