Officials at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in the Sichuan region of China are reporting that recent footage from a surveillance camera has captured an image of the first-ever reported albino Panda bear.\nThe People's Daily, "the largest newspaper group in China," reports that scientists believe the panda is healthy despite its genetic mutation, which China Daily suggests could result in other complications or difficulties.\nThough, the Reserve website notes, albinism "does not affect the normal body structure and physiological functions of the animal."\nThe panda is probably between one and two years old. Officials are now preparing to deploy other cameras to spot and possibly track the rare bear. The mutation is recessive and thus must also have been present in both of its parents.\nThe presence of this panda "[indicates]that there is a 'whitening' mutant gene in the giant panda population in Wolong," the Wolong Reserve states on its website.\nPosted by Pandas International on Friday, May 18, 2018\n"In the giant panda population of Wolong, whether the albino mutant gene will be further transmitted will also need to be observed through continuous field monitoring in the protected area."\nREAD ALSO: Lyme Disease-Carrying Ticks Swarming Canada, Scientists Warn\nThe People's Daily posted a photo of the panda to its Twitter account. The photo is also posted to the Wolong Nature Reserve website, which is only in Mandarin.\nYou are looking at the first-ever photo of a WHITE giant panda in the world. This #panda was spotted by a surveillance camera at a natural reserve in SW China's Sichuan in April. Scientists believe the color change is a result of albino and the panda is in good health. pic.twitter.com/KWBr4Fl6TD— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) May 25, 2019\nThe Reserve is also home to the Panda Center at Gengda, "a research and breeding center" within the park, part of the UNESCO Reserve Network, according to Pandas International.\nFor more information on the albino panda, refer to the China Daily article on its discovery here.\nFor more information on the Wolong National Nature Reserve and panda conservation, see the Panda International web page here.\nTo explore the Reserve website (in Mandarin only) click here!\nMore information on the albino panda in Sichaun is sure to come. Stay tuned.