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Rare bird found dead in Carmarthenshire's Aberglasney Gardens

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 26, 2013

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A RARE albino jackdaw which has had visitors all aflutter at Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire has been found dead.

It is understood to have been attacked by other black feathered jackdaws and was founded pecked on a path at the attraction on Tuesday morning.

The bird, who had been named Gwyn was spotted for the first time over the weekend by head gardener Joseph Atkin, who quickly took some photos of the rare sight.

Mr Atkin said: “I found Gwyn on the path when I arrived on Tuesday.

“It is quite common for other birds to turn on albinos like this and it was just very unfortunate.

“I don’t think Gwyn was very strong anyway because of being a fledgling albino.”

Mr Atkin said Gwyn was buried at the garden on Wednesday afternoon.

“There was no plaque for him but he will be buried here now.”

According to experts, albinism only shows up when a bird inherits the albino gene from both the mother and father.

There are different degrees of albinism, ranging from all white to only a few white feathers among otherwise coloured ones.

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