Critters in our Neighborhood

Many interesting pets and various other animals can be seen in our neighborhood, but how often does one get to see an albino squirrel? Not often, I would guess. Therefore it was a blessing to receive this photo from Aiko Imura, a student visiting Carleton this fall from Chuo University in Tokyo. She was staying in a dormitory near Central Park, and happened to have her camera handy when she spotted this lovely animal in the park one day.

Albino squirrels are rare in Minnesota, but are common in some cities (Olney, IL; Marionville, MO; Kenton, TN; Brevard, NC; Exeter, ON) where they tend to be objects of intense community pride. They belong to the large family of Sciuridae, and should not be confused with white squirrels, which have dark eyes and are thus not true albinos. This photo shows that our denizen of Central Park is a true albino, with pink eyes.   Click on the photo to enlarge it.

We are grateful to Aiko for giving us all this chance to see an albino squirrel right in our own neighborhood.


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