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    Default The rare 'albino' foal that's become a star of the New Forest

    It's one of the rarest sights in the equine world.
    A pure white horse is hardly ever seen outside a pub sign.
    And almost all of them have begun life as a darker colour before turning to light grey.


    This white foal has been drawing crowds to a national park in Hampshire


    So crowds have been flocking to catch a glimpse of this beautiful foal, born among a group of New Forest ponies near Lyndhurst, Hampshire.
    The spindly-legged youngster - also pictured, inset, with his dun-coloured mother - has quickly become the star attraction in Britain's newest national park.


    The fact the foal has a brown mother proves that he is a cremello blue-eyed cream and not an albino


    The rare cremello foal takes some tentative steps
    The snowy star nuzzles up to its chesnut-coloured mum


    The enthusiasts who first spotted him thought he could be an albino, but experts have now ruled that out.

    They say the giveaway is his eyes, which are blue. An albino's would be pink.
    The technical term for the colt is a cremello blue-eyed cream.

    As well as their blue eyes, such animals have some pale golden pigment in their coats and skin. Albinos have no non-white colouring at all.
    Sue Westwood, clerk to the Verderers, the group which protects and conserves landscape and wildlife of the New Forest, said: 'It is virtually unheard of in horses to have an albino and cremellos are very unusual.
    'Unfortunately, they are not very hardy at all.
    'They find it hard to deal with sunburn in the summer and with the cold rain in the winter.'
    The sensitivity to light may explain why the foal's eyes are half-closed. Or he could just be trying to look relaxed in the face of all the attention.

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    Aww, he's like me. I have sensitive eyes, too

    He's adorable.

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    I just love the hairs on his chinny chin chin. And he has the prettiest eye lashes! He looks like a real sweetheart.
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    awww he is so pretty

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