A Stoke-on-Trent family were stunned when they spotted an incredibly rare white squirrel while walking on a popular forest trail.
Daniel Timmins, aged 31, was out with his wife Pav and three-year-old son Corey in Cannock Chase on Friday (November 6).
They were walking along the Gruffalo Trail with their husky dog, who suddenly pulled Pav, aged 27, to the side of the path.
Daniel, an operations manager from Stoke-on-Trent, said: “Our dog is a husky and we’re used to her pulling on the lead when she sees a squirrel.
“But this time she pulled we saw this white squirrel running around.
“At first my wife was so shocked she shouted: ‘Have you ever seen a white squirrel?’
“I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought I was seeing things. I had never seen one before, not even on nature programmes, so I didn’t know they existed.
“I found out later white squirrels are really, really rare. Someone from the Cannock Chase Facebook group said every one in a thousand squirrels is born white.
“It was just running round picking stuff like twigs off the floor. It actually came towards us within a few metres then the dog barked and it ran up the tree and looked down.
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“It was sitting on a branch only about seven feet up. It was just on its own.
“My son is just three and he thinks anything is a normal animal, so he thought it was a normal squirrel.
“I was surprised my wife managed to film but it didn’t seem to mind us. It sat watching us for a few minutes.
“The car park was quite quiet that day – it was half empty. It can get really busy because it is between two towns. It’s suburban rather than countryside.”