The Elusive White Squirrel

 

 

This is the elusive white squirrel that I have been trying to photograph for 4 months now. . .I finally managed, through a window, so the photos aren’t great. We have a heavily wooded natural area behind our house in Charlotte, NC.  The canopy of trees in our backyard is essentially a gymnasium for dozens of squirrels.

 

 

 The town of Brevard, NC (about 2 1/2 hours away) is known for it’s white squirrel population and even has a white squirrel festival. Brevard’s variety of white squirrel has dark eyes, this one however has pink eyes, and appears to be an albino.

 

 

 In my googling I ran across Roadside America’s site that says: “Not one, but five towns use albino squirrels as their claims to fame, and none is particularly happy about the others.”

 

 

 

Another tidbit that turned up in my googling; The University of Texas has a legend of the albino squirrel. My friend Ginny’s son, Trey is about to graduate from there this year. I’ll have to remember to ask if they have heard of this:

 

 

  

 

 

 

  Apparently white squirrels don’t live as long, since they don’t have the camouflage that nature intended, and are easily spotted by predators. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for this little guy.

 

 

 

I’m linking this to  A Southern Daydreamer. Be sure to stop by for more Outdoor Wednesday treats.

  6 comments for “The Elusive White Squirrel

  1. March 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    oh so gorgeous, what a treat! long live al~

  2. March 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Great Photos, I saw one in our town in front of our local history museum and was stunned. It’s just not something you see… I’m glad your guy has made it four months. I didn’t have much hope for the one I saw last year because it was by a great big open field. Yikes! Hawks. Awesome pics…

  3. Laura
    March 24, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Wow…So cool! So cute!

  4. March 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Oh my gosh he’s soooo pretty!! Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

  5. March 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Awwww. I’ve never seen a white squirrel!

  6. March 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Oh, he is so beautiful! I have never seen a white squirrel.

    ~ Tracy

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