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I knew those monster drinks weren’t the best thing for you. Did this squirrel get into one? Now Pennsylvania has a purple squirrel.
If this squirrel was in the U.P. we’d say he ate too many blueberries!
Everyone whom has seen it up close says it is definitely not pained, all though someone laughed and said, “PETA PAINTED IT”.
Local squirrel enthusiast Erik Stewart said, “If it has white hair on it at all, it’s probably not dyed. I’ve had multiple squirrels as pets, though, and I’ve certainly never seen a purple one. I’ve seen dark red, light red, gray and brown, but never purple. Also, I’ve tried to dye my dog before, and trust me it didn’t look like this. Though, I’ve only seen a picture, so your guess is as good as mine.”
Jeff Moore, another Facebook commenter, suggested that “Someone from PETA threw paint on it.”
“It’s not typical, but it’s not impossible,” said Harold Cole, a warden with the Pennsylvania Game Commission who investigated the case. Cole said it’s also possible that the squirrel ingested something that lent a purple tinge to the fur — maybe the local pokeberries, maybe an industrial compound, maybe even a food containing purple pigment. The game warden pointed to the example of flamingos, which get their pink or orange color from the food they eat.
Accuweather and MSNBC were there and took pics and a video.
Does this make you feel fearful like we’ve gone chemical crazy?