July 30 2014 Latest news:
Monday, March 31, 2014
It has been nicknamed ‘the ghost hare’ because of its silver fur and elusive nature, but now a gamekeeper’s stepson has finally captured the unusual creature on film.
Andy Brown said he had see two of the silver hares near Thurton for a couple of years, but he had been unable to take their photograph. Until now.
He said: “These three are always together and the minute you get close they are gone. It’s a case of sitting and waiting and being in the right place at the right time.
“It’s lovely to see. I think it’s nice to see something completely different in our area.”
The Hare Preservation Trust said mountain hares do change colour to white in the winter, but only live above the snow line, and suggested the Thurton ghost is probably a brown hare with a colour mutation.