Leucistic Mongoose, Ranthambhore

Aditya Singh

Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'

Leucism (or leukism) is a form of partial albinism in animals characterized by retention of colour in the eyes, bill, and legs but the skin or plumage contains no colour pigment.

This leucistic Indian grey mongoose or common grey mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii) was seen regularly from the summer of 2011 till the monsoon of 2012 near Gular ki kui area in Ranthambhore national park. Unlike other mongoose inside the park, this one was very shy and almost never came near the tracks. I got my first picture of this individual after several sightings. We are still not sure about its sex and we had never seen this one with a mate.

Leucism (or leukism) is a form of partial albinism in animals characterized by retention of colour in the eyes, bill, and legs but the skin or plumage contains no colour pigment. Read about a similar sighting of a leucistic malabar giant squirrel.



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