Little Jonah has his father’s pale skin, blue eyes and light brown hair, an unusual thing since his mother is black.

Daily Mail reports that 32-year-old Catherine Howarth was at first a little taken aback when she saw her son Jonah for the first time.

Recalling the moment she delivered Jonah in Milton Keynes Hospital on June 1, his mother said: ‘The midwife looked at me and looked back down at Jonah and then at me again and couldn’t believe it.’

Catherine and her husband Richard, flanking Baby Jonah. Photo: Sunday Mirror
Catherine and her husband Richard, flanking Baby Jonah. Photo: Sunday Mirror

Catherine, who lives in Milton Keynes with her husband, Richard, is the second person of Nigerian heritage to have beat the million-to-one odd. The other couple, Benjaman and Angela Ihegboro, had a stranger case as both of them are of Nigerian origin with not a drop of Caucasian genes. The Ihegboro’s daughter Naomi is pale-skinned and blond-haired and doctors ruled out albinism.

Many people see the births and the recessive gene that is said to be responsible as a testament that the human race stemmed from the same stock. For some, the big question could be ‘Was that stock white?’.