|Pale leucistic baby red squirrel|
|Pied leucistic baby red squirrel. She has a bright white star on her forehead.|
|Baby learning what is edible|
They were quite healthy and caught on quickly how to consume pine cones efficiently. Their coloration is from a condition known as Leucism, or reduced pigmentation.
|Regular red squirrel eating pine cone|
Right now scientist describe two kinds of Leucistic animals, pale and pied. Pale leucistic animals will have the same markings, but extremely pale. Pied Leucistic animals have patches of white. Leucism is relatively unusual but much more common than albino animals which are completely white with pink eyes.
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|Try to get these twins moving in the same direction!|