This lily-white porcupine is quite the sight to see. The fact that it is rare makes the discovery even more memorable.
Susan Lichty, of Lempster New Hampshire initially thought she had spotted a cat. A very white cat.
But after watching this strange animal lumber around, she quickly realized she was looking at a porcupine – an albino porcupine no less.
The white porky was foraging around Lichty’s driveway, contently snacking on leaves and grass, when she found it.
It is rare for a porcupine to be albino. In fact, estimates are 1 in 10,000.
Albinism is a genetic condition that prevents cells from producing melanin, the pigment that gives hair and skin colour. The result of the lack of melanin is extremely light skin and hair, coupled with pinkish nails and eyes.
What a delightful sight! And fortunately for us, Lichty had her camera at the ready to film this once-in-a-lifetime experience.