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A tail of another color


Ron Parker sent us this photo of an unusual looking squirrel.

Ron Parker sent us this photo of an unusual looking squirrel.

Last summer the Post printed several photos sent in my readers that showed black squirrels with a white tail, or white markings on their tails. Recently, we received this photo from Ron Parker, of Courtland Township, that showed this black squirrel, with a reddish-brown tail.

“We get about one squirrel each year that visits our bird feeders, and today was the day,” said Ron. “Most of the time they are not note worthy but, in this case, I thought I should share this picture with you. If I didn’t know any better, I might suggest that this black squirrel’s momma had some explaining to do to her mate when this guy was born. Since we seldom see squirrels in our yard, I feel blessed to have seen such an unusually colored squirrel, and hope to see him or her again.”

When we ran the story last year about the black squirrels with a white tail, Ranger Steve Mueller explained that they were genetic mutations. But, like the deer with the white face, we still like to see unusual animals!

Thanks, Ron, for sending us your photo!

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