Photographer spots ultra-rare white squirrel with 'sinister black eyes'

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Ah yes, unusual in Squirrels, Leucism is the name for it, I spotted a partially leucistic Goldfinch in my garden a few years back (picture one), thought it was another species ubtil I got a photo and checked out the rest of the plumage. Also have a Blackbird which has been visiting the garden for several years and a very pale sparrow (picture two).
 

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I don't know whether Leucism is the same or different to Albinoism but the squirrel definitely isn't an albino as it doesn't have pink eyes. It's the difference between complete lack of pigment and simply white fur.

All said and done a pretty impressive catch. I'm no animal expert but I would expect this to be a white grey squirrel rather than a white red squirrel - if that makes sense!
 

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It's different altogether, as it's a lack of pigmentation in fur, feathers or skin only, quite common in birds and not unique in Squirrels, search for leucistic squirrel. It will be a grey, only a couple of isolated areas in the south for reds, neither of them on the mainland.

With birds, it often manifests itself partially, here's my Blackbird.
 

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I can recall seeing a few birds in my school days, sparrow blackbird pheasant from memory ?, you don't see them anymore round here, but I did see a starling a few months ago with a few white feathers.
 

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I don't know whether Leucism is the same or different to Albinoism but the squirrel definitely isn't an albino as it doesn't have pink eyes. It's the difference between complete lack of pigment and simply white fur.

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It's different altogether, as it's a lack of pigmentation in fur, feathers or skin only, quite common in birds and not unique in Squirrels, search for leucistic squirrel. It will be a grey, only a couple of isolated areas in the south for reds, neither of them on the mainland.

With birds, it often manifests itself partially, here's my Blackbird.
That is a one beautiful picture! No specific criteria, I just, you know, like it very much.
(The bird's got attitude, is different, is embedde in nature, the lot!)
 

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What a silly bunch of idiots, complaining that the grey squirrel (which is not indigenous to this country and is killing off the native red species, aswell as damaging homes and offices by chewing through walls, roofing, insulation and electrical wiring, etc.) is a bad thing, it's not meant to be here, so it has to go...
 

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Its an evil squirrel - just waiting a chance to run up your leg and nibble your nuts ;)
 
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