VIDEO: Rare albino squirrel caught on camera in Northampton

A rare albino squirrel has been captured on video scampering around a wooded area in Northampton.

Thursday, 14th April 2016, 11:46 am
Updated Thursday, 14th April 2016, 11:48 am
A rare albino squirrel has been spotted in Berrywood in Northampton

Judith Barnard was walking in the Berrywood area in St Crispin, near Camelot Way, at about 4pm when she spotted the squirrel.

Ms Barnard, who was out taking pictures of butterflies for a conservation trust, managed to a get a picture of the squirrel and a short video.

Albino squirrels are extremely rare and their white colour is due to gene mutations that affect the production of pigmentation.

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A rare albino squirrel has been spotted in Berrywood in Northampton

There are believed to be fewer than 100 albino squirrels in the UK.

Ms Barnard said: “At first I thought it was a cat with white fur but then I realised it was a squirrel.

“I have never seen anything like it. When I got home I Googled information about them and I realised how rare they are.”

A rare albino squirrel has been spotted in Berrywood in Northampton