Saturday, 17 November 2012

White bank vole filmed in Norway

Unusual white bank vole
November 2012. Ronny Steen of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences has sent us this unusual image of a white bank vole that was caught on camera. The image was captured by a camera that was monitoring the nest of a kestrel. Whilst leucism is a well-known condition, it is unusual to record it in smaller mammals, probably due to their vulnerability to predators caused by their lack of camouflage.

Steen has written a paper about the vole, click here to read the paper. 

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