Wednesday 4 May 2016

Rare albino squirrel abandoned on London doorstep defies the odds

29 APRIL 2016 • 10:27AM

If you thought Britain’s squirrel wars were all about red v grey, then these photos of a completely white member of the furry rodent’s family may just surprise you.

 Albino squirrels are incredibly rare
Albino squirrels are incredibly rare and staff at Folly Wildlife Rescue, a wildlife sanctuary based in Tunbridge Wells, were left stunned when one arrived at their door.

The all-white baby rodent, now named Polly, was close to death when she was abandoned and left in a cardboard box found on the doorstep of a property in London.

It was thought the squirrel, found with a bloody face and shivering in the box that was filling up with water, would not survive when she was initially taken in by the RSPCA.

Experts have speculated the squirrel was rejected by its mother and pushed from the nest because of her pale fur and later picked up by a member of the public.

The young squirrel is now on the slow road to recovery after responding well to treatment at the Folly Wildlife Rescue centre where she is being hand-reared.

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