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Blonde Squirrel?

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I was riding my bike around the LSU campus today, and I snapped this photo of a squirrel with the strangest color I have ever seen. I have killed just about every color squirrel that I thought there were. Is this a blonde squirrel? Is this a science experiment gone wrong? Anyone have a clue what the heck kind of squirrel this is? I hope you can see him in the picture, all I had was my phone camera.
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Uh Anybody?
I'm not joking. This squirrel was the color of a lion. Had anyone else ever seen one of these?
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squirrel
Iv seen that same squirrel by the quad. Definately a neat looking squirrel
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Squirrel
There is a subdivision in Hammond that has 5 or 6 blonde squirrels running around. I had some pictures of a couple of them but don't know what I did with them.
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Unique!
My inlaws had a blond squirrel like that running around many years ago. I have never seen one myself.
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hmm...
I saw that varmint by the library. He's a strange one, I'm suprised an owl or chicken hawk hasn't picked him off.
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Blonde squirrel
Yep, that's exactly what it is. It's a blonde phase of the gray squirrel. I've seen a couple over the years but, they're pretty rare. At least around here.
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Blond Squirrel
I've seen such a thing 3 times over the years, except the squirrels I saw were Fox squirrels. One at an intersection in Diamondhead about 30 yrs ago. Once in a 20yr pine plantation about the same time. Again about 10 yrs ago in Northpark subdivision in Covington. All three were large blond Fox Squirrels.
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Lsu whitey
I think he's albino bc he has red eyes. I chased him up a little tree and got a pic really close up I'll put it on here later
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he's a regular
I've been going to LSU since 2004 and there's always been an albino squirrel on campus. I used to always see him near the union.
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He's Famous
I've been around LSU since 2006, and I have seen him a couple times. He even made the school paper a couple years ago
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NOT AN ALBINO
Actually it is a normal genetic pigment. Most marcupials are proned to produce a blonde color. Typically in squirrels its about 1 in 500. They dont last long in the wild, but usually live longer in developed areas due to the lack of preditors.

Down Highland Rd, in STONEGATE subdivision, there is a large population of Blonde and Black squirrels that have been previlant in that neighborhood for close to 15 years.
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Not a marsupial
To educate on the matter of a squirrel being a marsupial. Flying squirrels are marsupials. Cat squirrels and fox squirrels are actually placental mammals. I can personally attest from seeing this squirrel up close that it is in fact an albino due to the pinkness, or lack of pigment, in the eyes.
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