Report By: Nina Rai
Pennsylvania, 12 Feb, 2012
In nature one may find all kinds of critters. It could be albino squirrels, black squirrels, gray squirrels and reddish squirrels, which are the norm. However, guess what has set off the Internet abuzz so much so that now it has its own Facebook page and Twitter account – A purple squirrel. (Pic)
Check: Video of Purple Squirrel
Percy Emert and his wife, Connie from Jersey Shore in Pennsylvania would routinely keep cage-like traps in their backyard with a view to protecting their birds from the wild animals roaming their grounds.
However, recently Connie happened to see a purple squirrel in her yard. So she put out a trap with some peanuts inside to tempt it. Not before long the squirrel came back and probably lured by the edible peanuts found itself inside the trap.
The trapped critter was completely purple, not just its furs but even inside its ears. Purple is a rare color to be found among mammals let alone squirrels. Now the purple squirrel has been posted on internet as also on facebook and Twitter.
Since Friday Feb 10, 2012 the Internet is buzzing with speculation as to how the critter came by his unusual color – a query that seems to be driving many people nuts (pun intended).
Speaking to the website accuweather.com, Percy Emert declared that he had no idea how the squirrel happened to have such an unusual color. “It’s really purple. People think we dyed it, but honestly, we just found it and it was purple,” he clarified.
Meanwhile the website too tried to get some opinion as to how the cute animal happened to have the strange hue. Expert meteorologist Dan Kottlowski came up with a theory, he wrote “Squirrels get into all kinds of stuff. He could have gotten into some purple ink or purple paint at some point.”
According to one commentator called Krish the color signified something wrong with the critters health. He felt the color looked like Tyrian purple, which is natural organo- bromide compound found in molluscs and its unusual to find it in land creatures.
“The squirrel has too much bromide in its system possibly from all the bromide laced frack water it’s been drinking. I would raise the alarm. This could mean bladder cancer for humans down the road,” opined Krish on a tense note.
One commentator Lane Rasberry making light of the matter opined that probably the squirrel had binged on a bucketful of blueberries. Whereas, a cheeky guy on the purple squirrel’s Facebook page wise-cracked: “Is it true that your Mom was a red squirrel and your dad was blue?”
Source: Deccan Chronicle
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