Albino SQUIRREL spotted darting up a tree in a south east London park

Moment a rare albino SQUIRREL is spotted darting up a tree in a south east London park

  • 백합, 27, was delighted to finally capture the elusive creature in park this morning
  • Footage shows the fluffy creature foraging in the leaves of South Norwood park
  • It then darts up a tree before becoming spooked and scurrying even higher up
  • Albino squirrels are extremely rare and roughly one in 100,000 was born in 2010
  • An extremely rare albino squirrel has been caught on camera while frolicking around a park in south 런던.

    백합, 27, was delighted to have finally captured the rare squirrel on camera this morning as she has spotted it a few times before but hasn’t been quick enough.

    그녀가 말했다: ‘I couldn’t believe it! We’ve actually seen it a few times but never caught it on camera, great to catch it today!’

    Footage shows the fluffy creature foraging in the leaves of South Norwood recreational ground in south London this morning.








    백합, 27, was delighted to have finally captured the rare squirrel on camera this morning as she has spotted it a few times before but hasn't been quick enough

    Footage shows the fluffy creature foraging in the leaves of South Norwood recreational ground in south London this morning

    백합, 27, was delighted to have finally captured the rare squirrel on camera this morning as she has spotted it a few times before but hasn’t been quick enough

    It then rustles through foliage before darting up a tree and pausing. The squirrel then seems to notice Lily is filming and scurries up even higher into the tree’s branches and disappears out of sight.

    The condition is extremely rare in the UK and the Forestry Commission said in 2010 only one in 100,000 squirrels were born albino.

    It is caused by a rare gene inherited from parents which prevents pigment from developing in animals.

    Virtually all mammals can be born albino and although reptiles, amphibians and lower vertebrates can also be albino they have other pigment cells in their bodies meaning they may not appear white.

    It then rustles through foliage before darting up a tree and pausing. The squirrel then seems to notice Lily is filming and scurries up even higher into the tree's branches and disappears out of sight

    It then rustles through foliage before darting up a tree and pausing. The squirrel then seems to notice Lily is filming and scurries up even higher into the tree’s branches and disappears out of sight

    The condition is extremely rare in the UK and the Forestry Commission said in 2010 only one in 100,000 squirrels were born albino (stock picture)

    The condition is extremely rare in the UK and the Forestry Commission said in 2010 only one in 100,000 squirrels were born albino (stock picture)

    The gene is not dominant, meaning an albino squirrel can have grey siblings.

    But their white fur makes them more vulnerable to attack from predators as they have no natural camouflage.

    Albino animals lack melanin and are white with no markings and with unpigmented pink eyes.

    A website created for the public to record sightings of a white squirrel show more than 200 have been spotted in places including Sussex, 켄트, Surrey and London.

    How does albinism affect animals?

    Almost all animals can suffer from albinism, though it is usually a rare genetic defect.

    The condition is caused when an animal inherits one or more mutated genes from both of its parents that disrupts its body’s production of melanin (the pigment that determines skin colour, fur colour and eye colour).

    Reptiles and other non-mammals can also suffer from albinism but because they are able to produce other pigments they might not appear white.

    An animal’s eyes shows whether they are albino or simply white in colour. Albino animals will have pinkish eyes because blood vessels that are usually covered with pigment are absent.

    Albino animals often have poor eyesight which puts them at a disadvantage when hunting for food and avoiding danger.

    It also makes them easier to hunt because they aren’t able to camouflage themselves.

    Albino alligators are such obvious targets that they’re often eaten before they reach adulthood.

    But some albino creatures manage to thrive in the wild. In Olney, 일리노이, there is a population of nearly 100 albino squirrels.

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