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.
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.
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.
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.
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.