Extremely rare white badger rescued by animal charity after being found extremely dehydrated and underweight IG News

A beautiful extremely rare white erythristic badger has been rescued after being found dehydrated and underweight due to recent hot weather.

Animal welfare charity Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue (OWR) lovingly named young erythristic badger Elsa after she was handed over on Friday.

White badgers are incredibly unusual and are often confused with albino badgers.

They are almost never seen, as organizations are unable to give an actual figure of how rare they are due to a lack of sightings.

All-white badgers have no pigmentation and usually have reddish brown fur where there is black.

Elsa at the rescue center after care. Images courtesy of Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue.

However, Elsa — named after the main character of Disney’s Frozen — has surprised animal welfare activists by having her fur completely white.

OWR’s founder, Luke Vaclavec, told TODAY: “They’re incredibly rare, in my eight years of doing this I’ve only seen one, and it’s this one.

“He’s an erythristic badger, which means he’s completely white. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just a genetic mutation.

“She was dehydrated, so we’ve given her fluids and a de-wormer and she’s doing really well.”

OWR posted photos to Facebook on Friday of Elsa, who is believed to be around 16 weeks old, writing: “This beautiful but incredibly rare creature… a white badger.

“He is not an albino, but he is an ‘erythristic’ badger. These badgers have no pigmentation and instead have reddish-brown fur where there is usually black. This is due to a genetic mutation. “

The post garnered nearly 600 likes and dozens of comments from animal lovers who were in awe of the animal.

One said: “Didn’t know a white badger was even possible!”

Another wrote: “Really beautiful creature, glad she is being well taken care of.”

A third commented: “Wow, she’s gorgeous.”

White Badger kept inside a cage.
Elsa after arriving at the rescue center on Friday. Images courtesy of Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue.

White-spotted badgers can be either albino, usually seen through a combination of white fur and red eyes, with white fur, brown nose and brown eyes, or in Elsa’s case, erythristic.

In general, badgers who share the stipulation that there is a somewhat pinkish tint to Elsa’s fur—making her all-white case particularly special.

When Elsa recovers, she will be released back into the wild.