Ok, now they really are laughing at us. Possibly it’s even some oh-so-witty rodent pun on the Isle of Wight. It appears that some grey squirrels in Scotland have started surviving in an albino version – as explained by the Scotsman newspaper:
…with some experts suggesting the white coat provides better camouflage against bright, modern buildings than either of its cousins. And numbers are on the rise, with three separate colonies in the Lothians reported to wildlife experts recently. Albino squirrels were spotted in Livingston, West Lothian earlier this year and now it has emerged that two other colonies are living in Edinburgh and Haddington, East Lothian.
It seems remarkable, if true. But there’s no reason to disbelieve it. Whatever will these amazingly adaptable creatures come up with next? It’s hard to know if this latest development has any implications for the embattled red squirrel – probably not. But intriguing, nonetheless.