Pa. Couple: We Captured Purple Squirrel, Freed It


Salon Staff
February 10, 2012 9:09AM (UTC)

JERSEY SHORE, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania couple say they've captured a purple squirrel in their backyard.

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.

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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.

Accuweather.com first reported the discovery.


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