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Observed: 7th February 2009 By: VinnyVinny’s reputation in MammalsVinny’s reputation in MammalsVinny’s reputation in Mammals
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Brown Hares in snowy field - including individual with white neck and chest.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Gill Sinclair's picture

Unusual hare

The black ear tips look like hares', but does anyone know how the individual with lots of white has come about? Brown hares can hybridise with mountain hares, but assume there are none of these near this location (and also I think the hybrids look pretty much like pure brown hares).

Gill Sinclair
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Vinny's picture

Not a hybrid...

... as the nearest population of Mountain Hares are several hundred miles away! Seems it is just one of those rare genetic variations. Albinism is rare in Brown Hares - they tend to stick out like a sore thumb and so are an easy target for predators. It was good to see it and though I've looked in the area a few times I've not seen it since, so glad to have a photographic record of it.

sparkycat's picture

Brown hare with white fur

Lovely animal with its white fur.

Might be a variant mixed with Scottish hares, which turn white in Winter.

Vinny's picture


As it's about as far south of the Scottish population as you can go in the UK!

the naturalist man's picture

Leucitic hare

This is a very rare record, I have never seen a common hare that is not the usual browns, mountain hares can change colour in the winter as mentioned.

This animal will not be an albino as that condition is controlled by two genes and therefore an animal is all white. When you get partial lack of colour it is now known as leucistic. For a more complete secription of the difference view the iSpot posting at:

Graham Banwell

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