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Rare albino porcupine filmed in Maine woodland

By T.K. Randall
December 15, 2018 · Comment icon 9 comments

The porcupine was partially camouflaged against the snow. Image Credit: YouTube / strandgs
Hunter and fisherman Greg Strand captured footage of the colorless animal in the woods earlier this month.
The veteran outdoorsman had been walking through the Windham woods just before sundown when he heard an animal approaching and quickly ducked out of sight.

He watched as an adult porcupine emerged from the bushes followed by a juvenile albino.

"I knew it was special," he said.

"Porcupines usually get a pretty bad rap, we hear about how dogs get into them, but to actually see them in the wild, peaceful and as cute as they are, was really interesting."

Albinism is quite rare in the animal kingdom and occurs due to a congenital absence of pigmentation.

Since appearing online, the footage has managed to rack up almost one million views.



Source: News Center Maine | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog 6 years ago
WOW ! Don't know if it's a true albino or a leucism case ? This one have a black nose, maybe rare phenotype ? The picture was taken in Quebec .
Comment icon #2 Posted by skrubby 6 years ago
damn ive been found tactical retreat
Comment icon #3 Posted by Carlos Allende 6 years ago
See? This is how the creatures in M Night Shyamalan's The Village started evolving.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jenn8779 6 years ago
Aw.... cute little critters
Comment icon #5 Posted by Seti42 6 years ago
Albino doesn't mean colorless...
Comment icon #6 Posted by Torviking 6 years ago
Why is this on here? A genetic mutation is not an unexplained mystery much as it�s a lovely animal? Slow news day?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Myles 6 years ago
This sight has morphed into more than just unexplained mysteries.   Gotta fill spots with odd and rare occurrences too.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by Torviking 6 years ago
Point taken, no offence meant.
Comment icon #9 Posted by hehuntsbeaver 6 years ago
Cool looking platypus.


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