When there is complete absence of pigment in the skin hair and eyes, the organism is called an albino. But if the organism has diminished amount of pigment, it is referred to as albinoid, as is the red squirrel in the picture. Its natural colours are visible in its eyes and various parts of its body. For this squirrel it challenging enough surviving in the forest in its natural colours, let along sticking out like this. There are number of defects associated with albinism as well, which can shorten the life span of an animal. But this squirrel is doing not to bad, first spotted last spring by others before my turn came last week.
Until next moment,