Brown Hares in snowy field - including individual with white neck and chest.
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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).
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... 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.
Lovely animal with its white fur.
Might be a variant mixed with Scottish hares, which turn white in Winter.
As it's about as far south of the Scottish population as you can go in the UK!
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:
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