Rare White SquirrelAugust 1st, 2013 at 1:05 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
This white squirrel showed up for lunch at Diane’s bird feeder. She submitted the picture to us at ReportIt. Click here to see the picture full screen. This is not an albino squirrel, it’s a white squirrel (note the black eyes) and they are extremely rare in Michigan (I’ve never seen one in person). They are a variation of our common gray squirrel. Once in a while there is a gray patch on the back or head of a white squirrel. Sometimes a population of white squirrels can be traced to a pet white squirrel that escaped into the wild. Here’s some more pictures of white squirrels. Here’s some towns with white squirrels. Check out the video of the white squirrels in Marionville, Missouri.
This is from Wikipedia: ”
Olney, Illinois, known as the “White Squirrel Capital of the World”, is home of the world’s largest known white squirrel colony. These squirrels have the right of way on all streets in the town, with a $500 fine for hitting one. The Olney Police Department features the image of a white squirrel on its officers’ uniform patches.
Along with Olney, there are four other towns in North America that avidly compete with each other to be the official “Home of the White Squirrel”, namely: Marionville, Missouri; Brevard, North Carolina; Exeter, Ontario; and Kenton, Tennessee, each of which holds an annual white squirrel festival, among other things designed to promote their claim of “White Squirrel Capital”. Leave a comment if you’ve seen a white squirrel before.