Saturday, September 05, 2009
Believe It or Not
Several years ago my mother and I had our first "white squirrel sighting." Completely unaware that there was such a critter as a white squirrel, we were both rather stunned! Since then, I've seen three more in our area. The last sighting (this is starting to sound like a post about UFOs or Bigfoot, what with "sightings" and such! *wink*) was only a few weeks ago -- and fortunately we had my sister's Nikon D40 along to capture some "proof!"
Apparently this is a color variation in the local squirrel population; they're not albino (notice the dark eyes). A Google search turned up some interesting information -- there are five towns that claim the white squirrel as their "mascot" (ours isn't one of them, actually!), and each of the towns is upset about the other towns. Because, you know, white squirrels are worth fighting over... *wink*
I wonder if white squirrels are like the white stag in Narnia and will give you wishes if you catch them! But somehow, I don't think I have much of a chance of catching one of these swift little rodents -- not to mention what I'd do with it if I did catch it!
Well, I've now seen black squirrels in Indiana, brown "feathery" looking squirrels on the West Coast, regular ol' grey squirrels just about everywhere, and now white squirrels in my hometown. What next?