Happy World Animal Day! And what better way to celebrate than by the discovery of a very rare black dormouse in the UK. Dormice in general are in trouble in Britain. For the past 25 years a national monitoring programme has been collecting data on these mice and never before a such a rare animal been found. The black dormouse’s dark fur is most likely due to a recessive gene and is not a new species, but simply a very special individual. Until now black dormice have only been seen in Germany. It’s wonderful to see that well known and studied local species can also still surprise us. Read more on the black dormouse here.
Photo by Björn Schulz CC