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  Rare white squirrel has lucky escape
Updated 28 May 2003, 15.04
Persil the albino squirrel
A really rare albino squirrel has had a lucky escape after being knocked from its nest by a football.

Because Persil's only five weeks old - and such a rare colour - he would probably have been killed by another animal for food.

But luckily he and his silver-grey brother, Daz, were spotted on the ground in Peckham, London by a passer-by.

He's now being cared for by the London Wildcare Centre in Surrey.

Its director said: "When he arrived he was a bit dazed and had a bloody nose but now he is running around his cage with his brother, Daz.

Persil's lucky to be alive

Special care

"He is still in our special care ward because he needs hand-feeding until he can feed himself."

Persil will probably stay at the wildlife centre all his life, so that he's safe.

Albinos are white with pink eyes because they are born with no melanin in their skin.

Most animals and people have melanin, and it decides how pale or dark you are.

Persil must have had two grey parents, but was born without any melanin, unlike his brother Daz.

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