Purple Squirrel Puzzles Pa. Couple

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A couple from central Pennsylvania says they found a purple squirrel in their backyard.

Percy and Connie Emert of Jersey Shore trapped the squirrel and took photographs.

Connie Emert says she saw it first and her husband didn’t initially believe her. She says people suspect it’s been dyed, but she has no idea why it’s purple.

Henry Kacprzyk, curator at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, says he’s seen albino and black squirrels but never a purple one.

He says some animals can take on the color of the food they eat, such as flamingos which are pink because of their diet of shrimp. However, in this case, he believes the squirrel must have gotten in contact with some sort of dye.

In 2008, The Telegraph newspaper reported on a purple squirrel near a school in the United Kingdom. People theorized that squirrel got into printer cartridges.

The Pennsylvania squirrel has a Facebook page, where someone from Minnesota posted a photograph of a purple squirrel she says she found in her yard.

An Accuweather.com meteorologist questioned whether the Pennsylvania squirrel may have gotten into a port-a-potty.

Someone else jokingly posted on Accuweather.com that the squirrel must have robbed a bank and the dye pack exploded.

The Emerts released the squirrel back into the wild on Tuesday.

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One Comment

  1. Steve says:

    Another reminder of the Ravens’ dominance over the Steelers.

    1. welustpapes says:

      How you enjoying your Superbowl win? Oh thats right you didn’t make it there. All that talk and you have won as many Superbowls as the Tampa Bay Bucs. Go sit in the corner.

  2. bootnutz says:

    RE: Purple Squirrel, My name is Seth Boutin, from Massachusetts. Regarding the purple squirrel, I think the area residents should be on the lookout for someone being cruel to animals. What I mean is, many brands of MACE, Pepper Spray, Tear Gas, & combinations of those, contain a purple dye to mark assailants if ever sprayed. There is a possibility that there’s a some jerk out there who thought it’d be funny to MACE a squirrel, and hence, we have a purple dyed squirrel. Maybe you guys could look into this, and we could catch the jerk who did this!

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