White Squirrel in Belstone

For the last month or more a white squirrel has been seen around Belstone.

Yesterday I managed to get a long distance photo of the white one and a grey squirrel side by side, which was good for comparisons.

Then I crept up on it and got to within 30 feet for another two photos , one on the ground, the other in a tree.

It is not a true albino as it has black eyes. Still, it is pretty rare, maybe 1 in 100000 chance.

It was born with leucism, a mutated gene which causes the white colour but keeps the eyes black (a true albino would have pink eyes).

Article & Photograph by: Chris Walpole

Stuart Clarke

Author: Stuart Clarke

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