The amazing albino hedgehog

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    This ghostly figure in the undergrowth is actually a rare albino hedgehog. The tiny animal is being cared for by Melanie James at the Bank Mill Nursery and Nature Reserve in Cumbria.

    Ms James, 31, said she was completely taken aback when her two African pygmy hedgehogs produced an albino baby. "I was totally surprised when he was born. Only one in ten thousand hedgehogs are born totally white with red eyes," she said

    The little creature, who will be named in a competiton, could never be released because he would have no camoflauge in the wild.
    A nocturnal animals, he is just over 11 weeks old and eats a diet of meal worms and cat biscuits.
    The nature reserve, run by Melanie's father Bill, also provides shelter for rare Natterjack toads, a red quirrel and Tikka, the Bengal Eagle Owl.

    Mr James started the business as a small nursery about 15 years ago, but people kept bringing in unwanted animals and Melanie could not turn them away.
    "I never meant for it to turn into a rescue centre, I just can't say no." Melanie said.

    "My only limits are time and money !

  2. Wow! Albino anything's have always scared me a bit...:s
  3. I love hedgehogs.
    Thank goodness for the rescue sanctuaries they do such amazing work.
    I wonder what they'll name him? They should call him Barry (as in Barry White).
  4. Oh he's just sooo cute!:smile: God bless Ms. James for her kindhearted rescue work!
  5. WOW I have never seen a albino hedgehog before. That little guy is so cute!
    Good job he was born in an animal shelter and not in the wild for better survival chances.

    Barry White - thats a good one!