Thursday, 19 November 2020

Albino Squirrel in North Merchiston Cemetery

We were delighted to see this albino squirrel in North Merchiston Cemetery today! We watched it scampering around the trees and gravestones for quite a while! It seemed quite tame and certainly happy to pose for the camera! This is the first time we've seen a white squirrel in the cemetery, though they're often seen in places not too far from there. 

Apparently albino and other white squirrels are commoner in Edinburgh than in most other places. Albino grey squirrels are entirely white and have pink eyes whereas other white squirrels are leucistic grey squirrels, and have brown eyes and may have patches of grey or brown on their bodies.


carol l mckenna said...

Wow! ~ Awesome photos of the albino squirrel ^_^

Live each moment with love,

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Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening said...

I've never seen an albino squirrel. We have the eastern grey squirrels here so this is a first! Thanks for sharing!

eileeninmd said...


What a cool sighting of the Albino Squirrel! I see the Black Squirrels and Gray Squirrels here. Take care, enjoy your day!

betty-NZ said...

That's a fabulous surprise and a poser, too!
If you leave your link in the comments or email to me, I'd be happy to put it in the My Corner of the World linkup :

Jeff said...

Very neat (but are you sure it's not the ghost of a squirrel?)

Rambling Woods said...

Oh wow...doesn’t provide much camouflage

Rabbits' Guy said...

Nice ..

Crafty Green Poet said...

Carol - thanks!

Lee - Our grey squirrels are the same as one of the American species of grey squirrel - they were introduced here. So this may be an albino individual of the same grey species you see...

Eileen - I've never seen a black squirrel!

Thanks Betty, I'll leave the link in the comments then!

Jeff - it's dressed for Hallowe'en

Rambling Woods - I know, but they thrive in Edinburgh for some reason, despite all the predators (plenty of buzzards and stoats around that eat squirrels)

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely collection of photographs, wonderful to see this albino squirrel.

All the best Jan