Himalayan rabbit

Himalayan rabbit

a strain of rabbit in which the coat colour is white but all body extremities are black (nose tip, paws, ears and tail). The condition is controlled by a single autosomal gene with MULTIPLE ALLELISM, one for AGOUTI, one for ALBINISM and the third for Himalayan. The dominance relationship between the three alleles is: agouti > Himalayan > albino. The Himalayan allele is temperature-sensitive, coding for an enzyme that catalyses black pigment formation wherever the skin is cooler, the enzyme becoming inactive at higher temperatures.
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In other words, no cage, plenty of room to roam and, soon, a new best friend: Daisy, a 2 1/2-pound Himalayan rabbit I adopted three months later from the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine in Manhattan.
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