Richard Waugh, 51, of Edinburgh, Scotland, shot this unique squirrel from his house. He had already seen it several times, fed it nuts, and even given it a nickname, Lexy. Since the man started leaving her treats, the squirrel came more and more often, and at one point he managed to take a picture of her.
“She is quite cheeky, sometimes she just runs off with a couple of cheeky glances back from the trees, other times it’s like she is sitting posing for photos. She seems to get on well enough with the other wildlife. She’s pretty fast on her feet and she gives as good as she gets when she if she is getting bullied.” the man said.
He said: “I was going to out to the shops, and she was running about, luckily I had my camera with me. She seemed to be in a good mood and posed for a few photos. I reckon it’s about four years she has been hanging about here now, I’ve been lucky and seen her a lot. I usually see her a couple of times a week, although she seems to disappear for a couple of weeks at a time, it’s always good to see her when she’s back. I don’t really feed her but on rare occasions I sometimes see her from the flat window and take down a few nuts to scatter about in the grass and trees.”
The phenomenon of albinism is found in one in a million Carolina squirrels. The probability of an albino squirrel being born is about one in 100,000. There are only 50 such squirrels in the entire British Isles, one of which was caught by the man.
The unique white coloration of these squirrels is caused by a lack of melanin – they also have a pink nose, ears, and red eyes. Unfortunately, albino squirrels can have difficulty surviving in the wild due to vision and hearing problems.