Camera-shy albino squirrel is finally caught on camera by a ranger as he surveyed a reservoir

  • The critter was spotted near Rugy, Warwickshire
  • Ranger Thomas Crawford made the discovery as he surveyed Draycote Water
  • Albino squirrel just one of 50 in the UK

By Emma Thomas

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With Halloween approaching, this rare rodent appears to have already got into costume as the ghost squirrel.

The bizarrely hued critter is an albino meaning it lacks the pigment in its fur and so appears completely white.

The shocking discovery was made by Severn Trent Water ranger Thomas Crawford as he surveyed Draycote Water, near Rugby, Warwickshire.

Ghostly: The albino squirrel has been spotted in Warwickshire

Ghostly: The albino squirrel has been spotted in Warwickshire. The shocking discovery was made by Severn Trent Water ranger Thomas Crawford

Camera-shy: The bizarrely hued critter is an albino meaning it lacks the pigment in its fur and so appears completely white

Camera-shy: The bizarrely hued critter is an albino meaning it lacks the pigment in its fur and so appears completely white

Thomas said: 'We've been all of a flutter since the ghostly white squirrel was spotted at Draycote Water.

'Visitors were reporting sightings of the albino rodent, but as with spectres it was proving difficult to capture on camera.

'Because of its white colouring it does standout against the autumnal colours here, but it moves so fast, photographing it was very difficult.

 

'Just before Halloween, we can't believe that this rare rodent has made Draycote Water its new haunt.

'We hope that it will stay around for the half term holidays so that all of the local children can have a chance to see it.'

The albino grey squirrel is one of just 50 thought to be alive in the UK.

More usual colour: The grey squirrel (seen here in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham) is a recognisable critter in the country's parks

More usual colour: The grey squirrel (seen here in Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham) is a recognisable critter in the country's parks

Albino animals are a rare occurence but some have become popular as pets.

Albino hedgehogs, rabbits and even snakes have all been photographed.

Albinism is caused by a recessive gene and in the animal kingdom, an albino animal can be in danger as it doesn't have protective camouflage.

No camouflage: Albie the Albino hedgehog was found on the side of the road in Cloneen near Feathard Co Tipperary

No camouflage: Albie the Albino hedgehog was found on the side of the road in Cloneen near Feathard Co Tipperary. His white spikes leave him vulnerable to predators

Rare: This albino Burmese Python was the first to be bred in Zagreb, Croatia

Rare: This albino Burmese Python was the first to be bred in Zagreb, Croatia





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More to the point, why was the squirrel surveying the reservoir?

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There's an albino squirrel not far from where I live in Northamptonshire, a few miles from Draycote in Rugby. Maybe they're related!!

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Albi the Dorking albino squirrel was resident in the St. Martins churchyard for 5 years before his traffic accident in 2009. Like all the squirrels there he was fairly tame. He is still remembered with some fondness.

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What an adorable little guy! (or girl). Sadly it likely will not survive much longer in the wild as it stands out too much from the surroundings.

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Cute squirrel !

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"Shocking discover" (who writes this c rap?). It's a small, unique pretty creature.

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I'm starting to think you shouldn't post pictures of animals or at least don't post where they are located. Some fool will try to find and kill them.

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