White Squirrels in Edinburgh

A family of rare white squirrels has been spotted in Edinburgh.  There have been several recent reports of at least four white ‘grey’ squirrels living in the Barnton area of Edinburgh, Scotland. White morphs, which are not the same as albinos with red eyes, result from a gene mutation that codes for pigmentation. They are rare in the UK. According to wildlife experts the odds against a pure white squirrel are one in 100,000. With a squirrel population of over 2.5 million in the UK, that suggests there may be only around 25 white ones.

White Squirrels in Edinburgh

White Squirrels in Edinburgh

The sightings are intriguing for wildlife experts, as the animal was always considered unlikely to survive long enough to breed because of its colour. In the countryside they rarely survive beyond a few weeks because they are so visible against green and brown background.

In The Earth Emperor’s Eye, squirrels and albinos are a key part of the tale and this watch! We’re intrigued by the white squirrels presence in Edinburgh.  The city is host to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.  Perhaps the squirrels are there to help promote the epic endeavour of The Earth Emperor’s Eye and this Watch to the arts and entertainment world? Now wouldn’t that be something!

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