‘One in a million’ albino squirrel spotted in UK city centre

A rare albino squirrel has been spotted having a lovely time scurrying about in a UK city centre.

Stunned Carl Hurst was minding his own business at work when the bright white woodland creature caught his eye.

So he whipped out his phone and captured the moment on camera, as the grey squirrel scaled a fence in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh.

The video shows the animal clambering through leaves and having a sniff about, around a mile from Scotland’s capital behind a McDonald’s.

Carl posted the clip online, captioned: "Had no idea they existed but spotted a white squirrel at work in Edinburgh today.

"Scared it off the closer I got. It had red eyes and apparently albino ones have red eyes."

It appears to look straight at Carl as he continues filming, staring down the lens before darting up a tall fence.

It climbs just over three quarters the height of the fence and stops at branch that is poking through from a tree on the other side.

The squirrel then stretches out on the branch just before the video ends.


Carl’s clip has attracted multiple comments from many animal lovers.

@Lancashire_Lou said: “Where?! I need to [eye emoji].”

@JoHynd commented: “There used to be one that lived in the trees at Edinburgh zoo and would steal the porcupine’s food.”

Samantha Thomson said: “Never seen an Albino style squirrel before!”

Carl said he couldn’t believe his luck and hopes to have a better camera on him if he spots it again.

He said: “I was surprised, I never knew there was such a thing.

“Apparently one has been spotted there a few times so hopefully I’ll get a better picture in the future.”

Albino squirrels are believed to have sight and hearing problems, making life in the wild very difficult for them.

The condition, which is caused by genetic condition which reduces melanin, affects around one in a million greys.

But it seems this one in particular is doing just fine, with Carl adding: "According to work colleagues this one is around frequently so hopefully I’ll spot it again."

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