Leucistic Mongoose, Ranthambhore

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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 … Read More

Leucistic Malabar Giant Squirrel, Mahableshwar

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Albinism and leucism are two terms to do with the lack of pigmentation in animals, that are often confused with each other. Albinism is the complete absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair and eyes. Leucism (or leukism) is a form of partial albinism characterized by retention of color in the eyes, bill, and legs but the skin or plumage contains no color pigment.

The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that in albinism the eyes … Read More