Stunning Pictures Of Rare Albino Squirrel Scavenging For Food In Family's Garden

A father-of-two captured remarkable pictures of a rare albino squirrel scavenging for food in his back garden.

Simon Pimblett, 53, was stunned when he spotted the cheeky white critter raiding bird feeders and snacking on the seeds.

He snapped a series of images of the squirrel using a Nikon D3 camera which he set up on his kitchen table of his home in North Dulwich, London.

Simon, a finance researcher for a wealth management firm, first saw the squirrel two weeks ago but finally managed to catch it on camera on Saturday 10 Feb.

Simon, who lives with wife Caroline, 54, a dietician, said: "We live in South East London and we get a fair amount of wildlife in and out of our back garden even though it's quite small.

Pictures of a rare albino squirrel scavenging for food. Credit: SWNS
Pictures of a rare albino squirrel scavenging for food. Credit: SWNS

Pictures of a rare albino squirrel scavenging for food. Credit: SWNS
Pictures of a rare albino squirrel scavenging for food. Credit: SWNS

"Squirrels are not usually at all for anyone in London, but about a fortnight ago, this white squirrel appeared.

"I set up my camera on the kitchen table just in case it came back because each time I ventured out into the garden it took fright and dashed off.

"Finally, on Saturday morning, perhaps it was so cold, it got bold and adventurous and came right into the garden and spent a good 15 or 20 minutes looking for food.

"It's very shy, very timid and we ever got was very brief glimpses of it, but I grabbed the camera and took some shots.

"It came really, really close, I was indoors shooting through the patio door windows and it came right up to the windows.

"It was bold as brass, but since then we haven't seen it, but I know it's around somewhere.

"We put out bird feeders, we've got a bird table and hanging feeders, at one stage it did go on to the bird table.

"We had some bog standard grey squirrels in the garden earlier, and the albino one turned up on its own.

"It would have been nice if it had mixed with the others but it seemed to keep itself very much to itself.

"We've lived in the area for 20 years or so, and it's the first time we've seen one like this in the garden.

"The grey squirrels we get are very bold and they've learned to live around humans.

"The white one is much more frigid and nervous, much more timid, that's why it's taken a fortnight for it come into the garden.

This squirrel was much more nervous and timid. Credit: SWNS
This squirrel was much more nervous and timid. Credit: SWNS

"I hope to see it again, I think it must be on a bit of a circuit around here, our neighbour has seen it.

"I think now that it knows there is food in our garden, it will be happy to come and try to get some more."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Edward Watkinson

Ed Watkinson is a content strategist and editor at LADbible Group. Ed works across both marketing and editorial and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 and Trash Isle campaigns.

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