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Albino White Squirrel

Wed, November 15, 2017 4:03 PM | Anonymous

Many people have spotted the albino squirrel living off of 17th St between Taylor and Varnum over the past 3 weeks.  It's not the best photo, but still pretty neat as this is rare.  


As you can see from the pink eyes, he is a true albino, not a recessive white squirrel.  Note information from below from Wikipedia

Albino and white squirrels

Although these squirrels are commonly referred to as "albinos", most of them are likely non-albino squirrels that exhibit a rare white fur coloration known as leucism that is as a result of a recessive gene found within certain Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) populations, and so technically they ought to be referred to as white squirrels, instead of albino.


A true albino squirrel. Note the pink eyes.

A white squirrel. Note the non-pink eyes.


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