The White Squirrel

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I was sitting out in my garden one morning, when I heard a splash. I looked up and saw a white thing dragging itself out of the pool. I thought at first it was a cat, then realised it was a young squirrel.

He was being chased by the resident fully grown, and much larger, grey squirrel.

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This is why the white kid had fallen in the pool on the first place – and why he looks so bedraggled in the photos, with a stringy wet tail!

I have never seen a White Squirrel before, so this was very exciting!

You probably can’t tell from these photos, but he didn’t look like an albino (no red eye), just a grey squirrel with a white coat.

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The grey squirrel continued to harry the white teenager, chasing it all over.

The white one tried to escape up the fence, but couldn’t make it and fell back down again.

I had my phone in my hand, so approached them and tried to take a photo, but they were dashing about far too quickly. So I took a few short videos. Some of the photos here are stills taken from video, which explains the poor quality.

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As I got nearer to the pair, they both suddenly stopped. (First photo) The youngster wasn’t sure what to make of me and for a moment, I seemed to be a bigger threat than the grey squirrel.

But they quickly resumed their mad chasing.

Eventually the white one managed to escape through the fence and the grey one left it.

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The grey squirrel is in the photos above, but harder to spot, which is why they aren’t usually white in the first place!

I haven’t seen the white one since and can only hope he is still alive. He wasn’t a tiny baby, so had at least survived to be a teenager.

It just goes to show, that if you sit somewhere long enough, even your own garden, all sorts of amazing things will come your way!

 

post script: I can’t find a wiki article on white squirrels: Shocker! But I found this informative site about White Squirrels in the USA.Β 

 

27 thoughts on “The White Squirrel

  1. A Curious Introvert

    How exciting and now I want one!!!😁 I had no idea there were white squirrels and now that I read that article I hope I’m lucky enough to join you in this rare sighting. Maybe he’ll forget about being chased and return for the pool and more photos!😁

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  2. Crystal

    I never saw a white Squirrel and looked it up on Bing at this link that gives you several links about White Squirrels. Link below.
    https://www.bing.com/searchq=what+is+a+white+squirrel&form=WNSGPH&qs=AS&cvid=0b88384af097474983b8ac2a87d5f48a&pq=What+is+a+white+Squ&cc=US&setlang=en-US&PC=LCTS&nclid=AF5E2DC64DE9122AACD2132869B28384&ts=16260361340070&wsso=Moderate
    During my research White Squirrels life span is only 5-10 years. Also, A White Squirrel is a version of the eastern Grey Squirrel.
    Hope this links helps you learn more about White Squirrels
    Thanks,
    Crystal

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you. πŸ™‚
      Yes I did find this info, but gave a link in my post that I thought my readers would enjoy.
      Nature is amazing and I hope my little guy is still out there somewhere! πŸ™‚

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  3. Joseph Nebus

    My grad school campus had an albino squirrel, during my time there, and who was the most beloved figure of the university, beating out even the alumni who was an actual living astronaut and son of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office manager.

    During my thesis defense Alby snuck into the building I was in, and drew everyone’s attention away from me (happy to say) and instead to the department kitchen where they were trying to catch the albino squirrel and set her outside. So that was a great sideline.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚
      Yes, I am hoping he is still out there somewhere. Although we do have birds of prey, they are not common, so maybe my little white squirrel can survive a little longer.

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  4. long4h2o

    Coincidentally, someone said to me yesterday: “Life’s all around you. You just have to be open to seeing it.” And, why are we humans so fascinated with the rarity?

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      The serious answer is that we needed to be able to distinguish things like ripe fruit from unripe fruit, so we are hard-wired to look for those small differences from early times!
      For myself, I love puzzles and always notice anything slightly different – or drastically so, as in this case! πŸ˜€

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  5. Herman

    A white squirrel… Never seen one before, I didn’t know there were white ones. Guess he’s ready for a winter with snow…

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha A white squirrel would blend in so well in snow! Unfortunately for my little guy, it only snows in the mountains in CT and never in my garden. πŸ™‚

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        haha CT has a Mediterranean climate, so has warm wet winters and temps rarely get below 9C.
        Still, I do miss the snows of my youth, when I lived in the north of England! πŸ˜€

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  6. quiall

    What an incredible opportunity! We can only imagine how difficult it is to be so very different in the animal world because they are so not inclusive. Fingers crossed he has survived.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I was so lucky to be out there at that moment. πŸ˜€
      To be fair, I’ve seen the larger grey squirrel chase other smaller ones off, and they were grey. But being white will be a problem with predators, as so easily seen!
      Still, he’d made it that far and I like to think he is still out there somewhere. πŸ˜€

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  7. oldmainer

    I am convinced you have a magic yard. If it is going to nest, fly, run, dig, swim, sing, grow, or bloom, it’s going to happen there. It’s kind of like a proving ground for nature. Awesome.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much πŸ˜€
      Magic garden. I like that. It was my Mum’s favourite book, by Gene Stratton-Porter. πŸ™‚

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  8. ladysighs

    You have all the fun and all the luck. My squirrel experience is limited to listening to them scamper across the roof from tree to tree.
    Did I miss the haiku? I keep scrolling up and down looking for one. πŸ˜‰

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I was lucky! πŸ˜€
      haha Thank you for noticing – and for looking for – the haiku! There wasn’t one!
      After hours spent editing my photos and writing the text, I shrugged my shoulders and pressed Publish! πŸ˜€

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  9. Murphy's Law

    OH! Wow! A white squirrel. I’ve never even heard of them before today’s post. They sure have no camouflage protection in their environment, do they? I so hope that little guy is ok and lives a long life.

    Do you plan to send the “research” guy your pictures? That will expand his horizons as to where white squirrels can be found!!

    This is such an interesting post. Thanks for sharing.
    Ginger

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