Report from George Markie.
AN ALBINO squirrel has beaten the laws of nature twice to make it to
Only one in 100,000 of the rodents are born white. Most are too obvious a target for predators such as owls and so they never reach maturity.
But this squirrel has had a helping hand from humans after being spotted by a worker at an engineering firm in Livingston, West Lothian.
Gordon Cameron captured pictures of the animal on video camera and has been feeding it.
Gordon, 41, said: ''I first spotted it about a month ago and it stuck out like a sore thumb.
''Grey squirrels are pretty common around the area but I was stunned when I spotted a pure white one. It was a beautiful sight.''
The dad of two stepped in to save the albino because other squirrels were bullying it.
He added: ''Things are a bit harder for it in the wild so I put out a peanut holder when it's about.
''Everyone at work has been desperate to get a look at the squirrel even delivery men who visit the company.''
Albinotic animals are born without pigmentation in their hair, skin and eyes Stuart Brooks, of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said the ''very rare'' squirrel was lucky to have a human's help.
He added: ''Albinism can be a huge disadvantage.
''It is common for the albino to be singled out by its peers and by predators.
''It's very uncommon for these animals to make it to adulthood.
''But often their lack of camouflage works in their favour because it attracts humans who look after them.''
© Daily Record, 16 th January 2004
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