A mysterious rodent crazy to thousands of Internet users in the United States. Speculation on the origin of its unusual color.
A purple squirrel caught and released a few days ago by a couple of Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania (East), delighted Friday to Internet users in the United States, which speculated on the origin of this unusual coloration.
"The color purple squirrel returns to the experts completely crazy," summed up a tweet, playing with the term 'mad', which in English says 'nuts', which also means 'nuts', the food of these rodents.
The squirrel, whose fur looks really unnatural, was captured on Sunday by Percy and Connie Emert. According to the couple, who was interviewed by the site on climate accuweather.com, had set traps to protect their birds. "It was really purple. People think that we dye, but I swear it was purple when found," said the Emert, who released the animal Tuesday.
The site's editors consulted experts, who believe that the tone is due to the fall of the animal "in purple ink or paint." On the blog page, Krish Pillai said that "the color is much like the pink of Tyre, a naturally occurring bromide in molluscs, but rarely in terrestrial animals." His hypothesis is that the color was due to "contaminated water". On the other hand, Lane Rasberry said in boingboing.net that the squirrel is "rolled in a bucket of blueberries", while another expert said on the blog of ABC News that "the couple painted the squirrel or retouched the photo and sent it to ABC ".
The purple squirrel and has accounts on Facebook and Twitter, where he states that "his mom and his dad was red blue".