Pennsylvania couple captures purple squirrel

Source: Accuweather
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 1:05 PM
Last updated 1:08 PM
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JERSEY SHORE, Pa. — A central Pennsylvania couple say they’ve captured a purple squirrel in their backyard.

  Source: Accuweather
Source: Accuweather

Jersey Shore resident Percy Emert says he and his wife, Connie, caught the purple squirrel Sunday in a trap with peanuts. He says even the insides of its ears were purple.

Photos of the purple squirrel ended up online.

The couple say they released the squirrel Tuesday. They say a state game warden later took samples of purple fur left in its cage and trimmed from its tail.

A Pittsburgh Zoo curator who saw a photo of the squirrel on his cellphone says he thinks it looks like a gray squirrel tinged in purple. He joked Thursday it may have fallen into a portable toilet that had blue coloration. first reported the discovery.

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Jake 02/10/12 - 02:38 pm
So what? My daughter has

So what? My daughter has green and red hair.

Rob Pavey 02/10/12 - 02:58 pm
Nuisance squirrels are often

Nuisance squirrels are often trapped and relocated, but are known to have 'homing instincts' and can show back up at people's houses. Maybe someone dyed the squirrels purple before releasing them - so they could be recognized if they show up at the bird feeder again.

blues550 02/10/12 - 03:05 pm
Slow news day. Next up -

Slow news day. Next up - polka pot unicorn.

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