News: Rare white squirrel found writhing in agony with bullet wound to its head

News: Rare white squirrel found writhing in agony with bullet wound to its head

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A rare white squirrel was found “screaming in pain” after she was shot with an air gun.

A member of the public found the animal writhing in agony with a bullet wound to its head.

The RSPCA was soon called to the scene to find the animal thrashing and fitting, with its head injury visible.

The million-to-one animal was in so much pain that it was deemed best to put her to sleep to end her suffering, reports Birmingham Live.

Laura Baker, the RSPCA inspector who was sent to the horrific scene on St James Road, Crannock in the Black Country, worries that the innocent squirrel was targeted by the careless shooter because she looked different.

White squirrels are almost always in fact grey squirrels with leucism, a condition that causes a slight loss of pigmentation to the fur but has an unchanged eye colour.

“The poor squirrel  was screaming in pain and she kept fitting and thrashing around – it was so upsetting to see,” Laura said.

She added: “It is such a cruel thing to do – often air guns don’t kill animals outright and they are left in agony. Also this one could have had babies which were dependent on her, we just don’t know.

“I know this white squirrel was quite popular with residents living nearby and they would often feed her so they have been left very upset about this incident.

“I believe she may have been targeted because of her unusual colour and the fact she stood out, which is so sad.

“I am now appealing for members of the public to help me trace who is responsible for this cowardly and unnecessary attack.”

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Anyone who witnessed the shooting or knows any information about who was behind it should contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0800 123 8018.

It took place at about 8pm on Thursday, June 27.



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