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.