Climate change is putting white furred animals at serious risk. White fur helps animals blend in with the snow during the winter, but warming temperatures are reducing the amount of snowfall around the globe. Polish researchers found that in the Bialowieza Forest in Poland, the natural habitat of the white-coated weasel, the number of days with snow cover were cut in half from 1997 to 2007. And if their surroundings aren’t white, white animals stick out like a sore thumb, making it harder to hide from predators. This is why the author of the study Dr. Karol Zub stated, “it is very probable that in the near future white weasels and stoats will disappear completely from many areas of Northern Europe and North America.” Rising temperatures will likely affect other white-furred mammals like this rabbit, even leaving some species of birds at risk. For more on white morphs, watch our video by clicking the link in our bio.