A rare white stag has been observed on the west coast of the Highlands in Scotland. The animal was spotted by a member of the John Muir Trust, one of Scotland’s leading guardians of land and wildlife, which has kept its location a secret to protect it from poachers.

The killing of a white stag on the Devon and Cornwall border last year sparked outrage, and the Trust is keen to avoid a repeat of that incident.

Fran Lockhart, partnership manager for the trust, managed to photograph the stag, describing it as ‘ghost-like’.

She said: ‘I am thrilled to know that there is a white stag roaming free out there in the Scottish Highlands and that I was privileged enough to be able to spend an hour observing him.

‘We will be watching this animal with interest, particularly as he will be reaching his full potential in the next couple of years.’