Purple Squirrel Found in Pennsylvania
By John Marsh, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
Feb 7, 2012; 4:10 PM ET
All photos from Connie and Percy Emert, posted on Facebook.
A purple squirrel has been found in Jersey Shore, Pa., by local couple Percy and Connie Emert.
"We have bird feeders out in our yard, and the squirrels are constantly into them," said Jersey Shore resident Connie Emert. "My husband traps them and then sets them free elsewhere so they don't get into your bird feeders."
Emert said she had spotted a purple squirrel on her property but no one believed her.
"I kept telling my husband I saw a purple one out in the yard. 'Oh sure you did' he kept telling me," said Emert. "Well, he checked the trap around noon on Sunday and sure enough, there it was."
It was a warm and sunny day in Jersey Shore, PA. on Sunday.
Currently, no one knows why the squirrel is purple.
"The squirrel's been eating peanuts. That's what we used in the trap," continued Emert.
The Emerts currently do not know why the squirrel is purple.
"We have no idea whatsoever. It's really purple. People think we dyed it, but honestly, we just found it and it was purple."
The Emerts plan to release the squirrel back into the wild in the next few days.
Move over Phil, there's a new rodent in town.
"We put him in an extra big cage so he has room to run around, and we'll release him soon. In the meantime, all the neighbors have been by to see him. No one can believe we have a purple squirrel!"
The AccuWeather.com team is currently investigating why this squirrel is purple. Stay with AccuWeather.com for more developments.
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