Report: Audubon Aquarium welcomes new white alligator to exhibit after Spots' death _lowres

Photo provided by Audubon Nature Institute -- 'Spots,' the white alligator, died earlier this week.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has reportedly added a new white alligator to the Mississippi River exhibit.

The alligator is one of two found by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in 2009, station WWL reported. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service donated the gators to the Audubon Institute. The pair have been housed at the Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center in Algiers.

The new alligator will replace Spots, the 28-year-old alligator who died earlier this week.

Spots was leucistic, having a rare genetic condition that reduces the color pigmentation in his skin. Out of some 5 million American alligators, fewer than 15 are thought to have this condition. As with all white animals, they are very vulnerable to the sun and predators.

Read the full report from WWL here.