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Tar Devil
02-24-2011, 03:11 PM
Took pictures of this unique little animal this morning. Hope the little fella hangs around - an nobody gets cute with an air rifle.




S.V. Airlie
02-24-2011, 03:13 PM
Any albino is rare but great picts.

02-24-2011, 03:17 PM
I had an all white robin visit my place this year. I got my camera and got back to where the bird was and tryed to take a picture only to find the battery dead.

02-24-2011, 03:20 PM
we have albino deer north of here. eiree to see at night with the headlights

Tar Devil
02-24-2011, 03:25 PM
we have albino deer north of here. eiree to see at night with the headlights

Saw one of those in my neighbor's yard last winter.

Phillip Allen
02-24-2011, 03:38 PM
those aren't albino deer...they're the ghosts of deer hit by cars

Phillip Allen
02-24-2011, 03:39 PM
not red, neither is it grey...it a squirrel-mugwump

02-25-2011, 01:57 AM
Does it have red eyes?

Phillip Allen
02-25-2011, 08:02 AM
Does it have red eyes?

I tried to see but could not determine...doesn't look red though

02-25-2011, 08:07 AM
The robin I saw had feet and eyes and beak same colors as any other robin - I got a very good look at it via binoculars - it was right in amongst a little flock - just its plummage was white -

02-25-2011, 08:35 AM
And then there are the white squirrels of Olney. (http://www.ci.olney.il.us/Visitors/WhiteSquirrel.htm)

02-25-2011, 09:15 AM
Brian's question about red eyes is key to albino-ism.

Up Michigan way there is a squirrel that is clearly a local adaptation. Black as coal. It must fit with the local conditions in some way, or it wouldn't be thriving. Darwinian theory 101. The coloration does make them harder to see in the dark pine branches up that way.

I'll bet the white is albino. It's certainly not a good adaptation if you don't want to be seen.

David W Pratt
02-25-2011, 10:54 AM
Albinos (IIRC) don't produce melanin, some non-albino white morphs do produce melanin, but another gene mutation prevents the melanin gene from being activated in the hair follicles.
BTW, teh quad at Oberlin College in Ohio has a lot of white squirrels.

S.V. Airlie
02-25-2011, 10:56 AM
Also pink eyes and light..Albinos don't do well in sunlight...