Rare white squirrel spotted in Loudwater

Rare white squirrel spotted in gardens

Rare white squirrel spotted in gardens

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A RARE white squirrel has been spotted in Loudwater.

An amateur wildlife photographer and blogger was able to get a picture of the squirrel while she was in the area.

The pictures were taken in the gardens of the London Road and Kingsmead Park area.

Emma Tingay from High Wycombe said: “I sent this photo to wildlife experts who told me the squirrel isn't an albino but a rare white squirrel.

“I'm used to snapping the squirrels of Loudwater but to have such a rarity turn up - it's like winning the wildlife lottery.”

Emma added I have only seen him or her, two or three times and it usually vanishes in the direction of Hammersley Lane.

The squirrel is said to have Leucism - a recessive gene in grey squirrels which turns them pure white, while their eyes remain black.

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12:46pm Wed 2 Jul 14

rem708 says...

White, Black and Gray it's still a Sciurus Carolinensis which is vermin and carries squirrel pox which kills our native Red Squirrel
White, Black and Gray it's still a Sciurus Carolinensis which is vermin and carries squirrel pox which kills our native Red Squirrel rem708
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1:41pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Matt Ingie says...

Leucism is freaky. There is a cygnet with leucism on the Thames at the mo, it's stiil white while it's siblings are grey. I wouldn't hate on the grey squirrels to much as it's human being fault for introducing them here. A sucessful squirrelpox vaccine to roll out worldwide is the only answer.
Leucism is freaky. There is a cygnet with leucism on the Thames at the mo, it's stiil white while it's siblings are grey. I wouldn't hate on the grey squirrels to much as it's human being fault for introducing them here. A sucessful squirrelpox vaccine to roll out worldwide is the only answer. Matt Ingie
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