Town's 'Diana Style' Show Of Grief For Dead Albino Rodent

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Beside the grave lie gifts, flowers and heartfelt messages, some in verse. A tribute page on the social networking site Facebook has attracted more than 250 members.And the cause of this remarkable outpouring of grief? Albi the albino squirrel is no more.Albi, also known as Snowy or Percy, fell foul of a hit-and-run driver outside the churchyard where he used to live and play in Dorking, Surrey.

Dozens of tearful mourners have made the pilgrimage to his grave in a flower bed and turned it into a shrine to their ‘light that has gone out’.Cards, flowers and bags of nuts surround the small wooden cross which marks the spot where his body lies.One message reads: ‘Bye my beautiful albino squirrel. Miss you. I will always remember you forever. Rest in peace. Love you.’

Another reads: ‘We can’t believe you’ve gone little friend. ‘Everyone loved to see you running in the churchyard with your fellow – but grey – squirrels. We will not forget you.’One mourner has brought a bathroom tile to the grave on which is scratched the words: ‘Albi no more.’And a poem on a card laments his ‘untimely death’ at the hands of an ‘evil driver’.

Only one in 100,000 squirrels is an albino. Since he appeared about two years ago Albi had become such a celebrity that his fans would wear white squirrel costumes at fancy-dress parties.
After his death the Dorking Advertiser printed a tribute feature where readers were invited to send in their pictures of him.Lou Gardey was one of the first on the scene following the accident. She buried Albi in St Martin’s churchyard so he could ‘have some dignity’.

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Town's 'Diana Style' Show Of Grief For Dead Albino Rodent

squirrel 1

Beside the grave lie gifts, flowers and heartfelt messages, some in verse. A tribute page on the social networking site Facebook has attracted more than 250 members.And the cause of this remarkable outpouring of grief? Albi the albino squirrel is no more.Albi, also known as Snowy or Percy, fell foul of a hit-and-run driver outside the churchyard where he used to live and play in Dorking, Surrey.

Dozens of tearful mourners have made the pilgrimage to his grave in a flower bed and turned it into a shrine to their ‘light that has gone out’.Cards, flowers and bags of nuts surround the small wooden cross which marks the spot where his body lies.One message reads: ‘Bye my beautiful albino squirrel. Miss you. I will always remember you forever. Rest in peace. Love you.’

Another reads: ‘We can’t believe you’ve gone little friend. ‘Everyone loved to see you running in the churchyard with your fellow – but grey – squirrels. We will not forget you.’One mourner has brought a bathroom tile to the grave on which is scratched the words: ‘Albi no more.’And a poem on a card laments his ‘untimely death’ at the hands of an ‘evil driver’.

Only one in 100,000 squirrels is an albino. Since he appeared about two years ago Albi had become such a celebrity that his fans would wear white squirrel costumes at fancy-dress parties.
After his death the Dorking Advertiser printed a tribute feature where readers were invited to send in their pictures of him.Lou Gardey was one of the first on the scene following the accident. She buried Albi in St Martin’s churchyard so he could ‘have some dignity’.

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Rare Albino White-Tailed Deer Spotted In West Virginia

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Village resident Jeannie Bourne got a long-awaited photo last week when she snapped a picture of what she believes is a true albino deer in her backyard.

Jim Crum, wildlife biologist for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, said true albinism is “uncommon” among deer – about one in every 100,000. Albinism, which affects nearly every species of animal, including humans, is characterized by a lack of pigment, said Gary Sharp of the WVDNR.

The local deer’s antlers and coat are completely white, and only its nose, the inside of its ears and eyes are pink. Crum said pink eyes are a good indicator of true albinism.

Bourne said she’s spotted the snow white animal several times in recent months, and kept a camera in her kitchen in hopes of capturing an image of the deer. Last week, she and her husband Chuck were finishing dinner when they glimpsed it drinking from a pond on their property.
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