Purple Squirrel Caught

February 10, 2012 by staff 

Purple Squirrel Caught, A Pennsylvania couple claims to have caught 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.

The couple says they released the squirrel Tuesday. They have been catching squirrels for some time because they damage their bird feeders.

Connie told ABC News that she’d seen the squirrel for about a week before capturing it, but her husband didn’t believe her.

“He figured it was just an off-color squirrel,” she said. “But when we trapped it on Sunday he was like, ‘My God, you were right. It was really purple.’”

A game warden later took samples of purple fur left in the cage and, and trimmed from its tail.

A Pittsburgh Zoo curator who saw a photo of the squirrel on his cell phone says he thinks it looks like a grey squirrel tinged in purple. He joked that it may have fallen into a portable toilet that had blue coloration.

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