Friday, September 13, 2013

Black squirrel


Our black squirrels are many - they're the town mascot! - but shy. This is the only one I've captured that didn't dart away in a blur. Enjoy your weekend!
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{Doubtful-but-fun stories: The black squirrels were created in a science experiment and protesters released them. Or an eccentric Eastern European ambassador gifted them. Or a local resident obtained them in the 1800s, to reflect one of the official Princeton University colors (black/orange)}.

28 comments:

N Buckles said...

Oh how cute !! we don't have any black ones in are area.

Linda said...

Cute! Now how about some orange ones?

Petrea Burchard said...

Beautiful animal. I love the legends, reminds me of the Pasadena Parrots.

Cloudia said...

I didn't know that! Sleek fellow:-)


Aloha

llandudnopictures said...

Gorgeous! Enjoy your weekend!

Revrunner said...

Hmm, if that's the case, then a few of them escaped into the C&O Canal National Historical Park, fleeing, no doubt, the mad doctor responsible for their creation. :-)

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Your black squirrel is so cute. Superb !
Bets regards, Synnöve

a.s.m. said...

Simpática fotografía.
Saludos, Ángel

Mersad said...

CUUUTE!!!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Lisa Gordon said...

We so rarely see black squirrels here, ad what a beauty this little one is!

Have a great weekend, Jude!

Tanya Breese said...

oh how cute is he! have a great weekend :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I enjoyed the link Lulu, your town mascot is tres cute.. I've heard some say the squirrel is a bit of a pest, is this so with the black squirrel?

Kaya said...

I never heard about the black squirrel and here she is very sweet and lovely.

I love a picture of it and I love also the second picture. They are so wonderful!

And a link told me that black squirrels are not really very rare animals. I wonder do we have them where I live?

William Kendall said...

They are devious little rascals!

Catherine said...

I'm amazed you were able to capture this little guy! I wish I could get that close... we have so many grey and black squirrels around our neighborhood, but my boys always end up running after (and scaring) them ;) ...Bon week-end Lulu!

Roger E. Roy said...

Black squirrels are a melanistic color phase of the Grey Squirrel,originally most common along the North shore of Lake Erie

LONDONLULU said...

Thanks everyone! Gracie - yes, they are considered a pest! Even if they're cute:)

Randy said...

I love squirrels!

Andy said...

Last spring black and gray squirrels were plentiful in my area. Two hawks moved in they trimmed the numbers down.

JM said...

I've never seen a black squirrel. So cute!

EG CameraGirl said...

Cute! Interesting stories about why your squirrels are black. We have mostly black squirrels here.

Jack said...

Black squirrels! I only live two states away, but don't think the black squirrels have made an appearance up here.

hamilton said...

our black squirrels are certainly not shy!

Hilda said...

Princeton's mascot is a rodent??? Oooookay...

:p

Peter said...

Maybe they have bred with an Australian possum, similar colouring. Love those other theories too.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Wow! Great capture!
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for your visit and comment.

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Have a nice week.

TheChieftess said...

Cute!!! Squirrels may be rodents...but I still think they're cute and totally enjoy having them in my yard!!!

Norma Beishir said...

OMG, how cute!

I've been out of the loop for a while. I can see I have a lot of catching up to do!