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Rare Albino Squirrel Spotted by Photographer in Ramsgate Park
This is Kent ^ | Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Posted on 04/24/2012 9:23:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway

AUTHOR Eric C Bartholomew has photographed lots of animals – elephants, tigers, wild boar – but none were as tricky to capture as Thanet's albino squirrel.

The 67-year-old scribbler, of St Lawrence Chase, Ramsgate, spotted the white wonder in a park close to Ramsgate's Royal Esplanade on Monday, April 16.

Wildlife experts estimate that the odds of a pure white squirrel being born are one in 100,000.

Mr Bartholomew, a safari lover, chased the rare rodent around the park for 20 minutes before he got his shot at about 7am.

He said: "I was in the right place at the right time. It's not often you see them. You have to take your time. I had to hide behind a tree."

Mr Bartholomew's wife Mary added: "If someone had come around the corner they would seen him standing there and thought he was a stalker."

The couple, who have visited animal sanctuaries all over the world, often walk in the park behind St Lawrence Avenue.

Albino squirrels are distinguished from normal white squirrels by their pink eyes.

While white squirrels are rare, reports suggest they live together in colonies and from a colony can spring an albino squirrel. Thanet wildlife expert Dr Alasdair Bruce said a small group of them have been reported in Thanet Crematorium, in Margate.

He said: "Two or three have been seen hopping around.

"There seems to be a little pool of these white squirrels that pop out of the gene pool."

Dr Bruce said white squirrels do not survive long, as their colour make them an easy target for predators.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: albino; boris; bullwinkle; kimba; natasha; photography; rocky; squirrel

1 posted on 04/24/2012 9:24:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
as their colour make them an easy target for predators.

That would make it easier on old eyes, that's for sure.

I would encourage it to breed so that meals get easier as I get older.

/johnny

2 posted on 04/24/2012 9:26:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

Holder’s people will not be pleased.


3 posted on 04/24/2012 9:29:24 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: nickcarraway

Lotsa squirrel stories all of a sudden.


4 posted on 04/24/2012 9:35:23 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says "what'll it be, Mitt?")
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To: nickcarraway

Man I saw one about a month ago in Marietta, GA near Davis Dr. I did not have my camera with me. I thought about going back for a picture, this makes me want to. =)


5 posted on 04/24/2012 9:37:13 PM PDT by greenishness
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To: greenishness

There’s a town, Brevard I think is the name, in South Carolina that has a lot of them.


6 posted on 04/24/2012 9:42:47 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: nickcarraway

I like big fat red ones myself ....mmmm Tasty !


7 posted on 04/24/2012 9:48:13 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: nickcarraway

There are lots of white squirrels in the suburbs around my area. I don’t think they are albinos but just a very light light color variation that people set out extra food for so they end up breeding. You don’t see them in the real countryside where they are too easy to hunt and have more predators. Contrary to popular belief they can jump and dance nicely amongst the tree branches.


8 posted on 04/24/2012 10:03:32 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: nickcarraway

I still hate squirrels.


9 posted on 04/24/2012 10:42:47 PM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: nickcarraway

We’ve been getting a lot of black squirrels around here lately. Now, I am not racist but we just never had black squirrels before! We’ve always had your garden variety grey. Is there a reason for this?


10 posted on 04/24/2012 10:50:00 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: ebshumidors

My husband calls them rats with fuzzy tails. He calls Seagulls flying rats. He’s conservative. He just doesn’t like ‘Rats!


11 posted on 04/24/2012 10:53:24 PM PDT by MacMattico
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“We’ve been getting a lot of black squirrels around here lately.”

There goes the neighborhood.


12 posted on 04/25/2012 12:31:00 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: MacMattico

Seen my first black squirrel the other day. Tried to get a pic but it was too fast for the Blackberry.


13 posted on 04/25/2012 1:54:14 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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To: dog breath
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14 posted on 04/25/2012 3:45:20 AM PDT by CMailBag
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To: irishtenor

You are correct about Brevard; although it is in North Carolina. I have seen them on numerous occasions when driving around the town; even have a few pictures.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 3:51:36 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Olney, Illinois is “Home of the white squirrel”. Town is full of them.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 4:15:10 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: nickcarraway

Rare? We’ve got a whole bunch of them in our town.


17 posted on 04/25/2012 4:16:41 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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We had one for several years

Rare? I’ll tell you about rare. Last winter I had a white Grackle on my snow covered driveway. It was one of about 20 or so and apparently not discriminated against


18 posted on 04/25/2012 4:53:05 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: nickcarraway

Marionville, Missouri. Home of the White Squirrel. And home of Cousin Earl. Another “white squirrel...”


19 posted on 04/25/2012 4:53:15 AM PDT by donozark (The key to winning the Vietnam War was not Vietnam, but Laos...)
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To: bert
"We had one for several years"

We have several Families of them Here In Jackson County Ohio. They run the power lines all over town. I'll see if I can get some photos and post them.

20 posted on 04/25/2012 4:59:40 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: bert
"Last winter I had a white Grackle on my snow covered driveway."

I'd like to see a picture of that. Would be very interesting!

21 posted on 04/25/2012 5:02:20 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: nickcarraway

Sightings of the Great White Squirrel...I think thats part of that Mayan End-of-time thing.....;)


22 posted on 04/25/2012 6:22:35 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: who knows what evil?

That’s the place, in a college there. We were staying in Pickens SC and my uncle took us there.


23 posted on 04/25/2012 8:04:51 AM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: bert

White Grackles, and now White Squirrels? This can mean only one thing! The animals are preparing for the coming ICE AGE!

Algore was wrong! It is not “Global WARMING” that we should fear, but Global COOLING!

BTW, maybe London will sponsor the New Ice Festival on the frozen River Thames, just like the way it was in Shakespeare’s day.


24 posted on 04/25/2012 8:18:08 AM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
There's even one on the St. Louis Cardinals World Series ring. Rally Squirrel is crossing home plate.


25 posted on 04/25/2012 8:45:02 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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