Another colourful mink

American mink are not native to Ireland, but feral populations have become established as a consequence of mink fur farming in Ireland. Generally, feral mink are black in colour, with a distinctive white patch under the chin, but sometimes an unusual coloured mink is seen in the wild due to the selective breeding processes that are used on fur farms. Earlier this year, we came across an interesting coloured mink (Neovison vison) that was killed near Kilmeadan. Co. Waterford. This was a greyish coloured mink.

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Today, the Biodiversity Data Centre posted a photograph of another unusual mink photographed by Cian Merne using a trail camera in Co. Kildare. The post appears on the Biodiversity Ireland Facebook page, and they are looking for other records of mink with unusual colouration. Records can be submitted on their webpage.

Image by Cian Merne and posted on the Biodiversity Ireland Facebook page.

Image by Cian Merne and posted on the Biodiversity Ireland Facebook page.

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