Purple squirrel running rampant through Pennsylvania

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Last Sunday, Percy and Connie Emert of the lamentably named Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania discovered a purple squirrel in their backyard.

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The couple found the fuchsia beast in a squirrel trap that they'd left out to prevent the rodents from stealing food from bird feeders. To glean further insight on this animal's odd hue, Accuweather interviewed a "local squirrel enthusiast" about this catch:

Illustration for article titled Purple squirrel running rampant through Pennsylvania

If it has white hair on it at all, it's probably not dyed. I've had multiple squirrels as pets, though, and I've certainly never seen a purple one. I've seen dark red, light red, gray and brown, but never purple. Also, I've tried to dye my dog before, and trust me it didn't look like this. Though, I've only seen a picture, so your guess is as good as mine.

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Illustration for article titled Purple squirrel running rampant through Pennsylvania

Let's table the fact that a man tried to dye his dog purple and instead silently ponder how one qualifies for the honorific of "local squirrel enthusiast."

The Emerts claim to have released the purprrel back into the wild, thereby bringing this saga to a thrilling anticlimax. Hat tip to Ian.

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SixTalonSign
Six Talon Sign (formerly Iis4Island)

If you trap a purple squirrel, take it to the vet. Seriously, take it in. Have someone else take pictures of it. This could be a nicely done bit of photoshopping.

We used to have white squirrels. The neighborhood population would oscillate between grey and white every three years. We even had one that was grey with a white stripe down its back. At our new place, they shade from grey to coal black. They're breeding with the smaller red squirrels now we've got ones with gray fronts and red tails.