You might not believe your eyes, but they aren’t fooling you. You’re really looking at a purple squirrel discovered in Pennsylvania:
The odd creature was discovered by Percy and Connie Emert in Jersey Shore, PA on Sunday.
“We have bird feeders out in our yard, and the squirrels are constantly into them,” Connie told Accuweather.com. “My husband traps them and then sets them free elsewhere so they don’t get into your bird feeders.”
She said she had seen the little creature on the property before, but no one would believe her.
“I kept telling my husband I saw a purple one out in the yard. ‘Oh sure you did’ he kept telling me,” she added. “Well, he checked the trap around noon on Sunday and sure enough, there it was.”
The Emerts plan to release the squirrel back into the wild in the next few days. As for why he is purple, they don’t know. But they swear they had nothing to do with it. The Accuweather team has some theories, though, ranging from him getting into paint to even falling into a port-a-potty.
By the way, the pictures above are from the squirrels Facebook page. You can “like” him here. But that’s not all. He even has a Twitter account:
You can “follow” him here.
As Buzzfeed points out, this isn’t the first time a purple squirrel has baffled the world. Another one was discovered in 2008 in the U.K. At the time, the Telegraph cited a wildlife expert who thought the squirrel had gotten into some old printer cartridges and had groomed the color into its fur. He believed back then the squirrel would eventually shed the funky hue as his hair fell out and new hair grew back.
Have a theory? Let us know in the comments.