Albino pygmy hedgehogs to be used to educate children
One animal lover who may need to take out pet insurance is Jay Gunn, who has successfully started breeding albino pygmy hedgehogs.
The 41-year-old former Edinburgh Zoo employee now has six adult albino animals as well as three hoglets, reports the Daily Mail.
His African pygmy hedgehogs are three times smaller than those found in the UK and only one in 10,000 is born an albino.
Despite being able to sell the animals for up to £300 each, Mr Gunn revealed that he plans to take the creatures to zoos and schools to educate youngsters.
“At special needs schools I often show them to children who might have differences from other people to illustrate that difference can be interesting and beautiful,” he explained.
The albino enthusiast – who also has ferrets and snakes with the rare genetic defect – revealed that while the animals struggle in the wild, they thrive in captivity.
One of the most expensive animals in the world is the Lavender Albino Python, which can cost up to $20,000 (£12,000).