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Curious critter turning heads near Sauble Beach
The Record ^ | November 07, 2008 | Brent Davis

Posted on 11/08/2008 3:22:56 AM PST by Daffynition

SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA — In the 21 years they’ve lived on a rural property near Sauble Beach, Alice and Harry Hilliard have seen their share of curious critters.

There are lots of raccoons and skunks, for sure, and a black bear paid a visit one year. And there was Henrietta, the friendly wild turkey that once hung around.

But it’s a squirrel that’s turning heads these days. A black and white squirrel that looks as though it tangled with a skunk. Or a Holstein. Or Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians.

“It really threw us off when we saw him,” said Alice. “We tried to get a picture, but it ran up a tree.”

He first turned up looking for spoils under their bird feeders on Thanksgiving Day, and he’s been pretty punctual in making a daily appearance ever since.

Kitchener’s Kevin Loader managed to snap some photos of the squirrel during a recent visit to the property with his wife, Hilary Kekanovich — Alice and Harry’s niece.

Markings like this are unusual, but not unheard of. This little guy is what’s known as a piebald squirrel — the term piebald applies to any animal displaying depigmented white fur.

The condition is genetically tied in to the development of the animal’s nervous system. According to some sources, it’s most common in horses but does affect other species.


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: critters; piebald
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An unusual squirrel searches for food beneath a bird feeder at the home of Harry and Alice Hilliard near Sauble Beach. The photo was taken Monday, November 3, 2008. Photo by Kevin Loader
1 posted on 11/08/2008 3:22:56 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Cute, but still vermin.


2 posted on 11/08/2008 3:27:25 AM PST by MissEdie
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To: Daffynition

He’s cute. He looks like he’s part skunk.


3 posted on 11/08/2008 3:30:26 AM PST by Pinkbell
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To: Daffynition

My cat kills three squirrels a week. We are overrun with them here.

Thanks for the story. That is unique. We had one around with a red tail. Cat probably had him for breakfast.


4 posted on 11/08/2008 3:32:11 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: Daffynition

well thats different.


5 posted on 11/08/2008 3:35:20 AM PST by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how.)
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To: MissEdie
Cute, but still vermin.

I call 'em tree rats.....

6 posted on 11/08/2008 3:48:04 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Silence is not always a Sign of Wisdom, but Babbling is ever a Mark of Folly. - B. Franklin)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

It showed up in honor of Obama’s election (just kidding.)

My Weim was standing at the back door yesterday, and when I went to let her in, she had a squirrel she had killed. It’s not unusual for her to chase or catch and kill squirrels, but she’s never tried to bring one in the house before. It would have been a mess because once our male Weim caught sight of it, they’d have been fighting over a dead squirrel in the house...yuck!


7 posted on 11/08/2008 4:04:52 AM PST by Dawn531
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To: Daffynition
Very cool, i want one. I saw a show on The Learning Channel that featured 'Albino' squirrels.

Unfortunately, they are so rare because they aren't able to camouflage as well and other critters kill them easier.

Bless the furry creatures of the Wild Kingdom !
8 posted on 11/08/2008 4:05:52 AM PST by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: Daffynition

("Bummer of a birthmark, Hal" -- probably explains why this pic is from a taxidermist's shop)





9 posted on 11/08/2008 4:06:05 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Daffynition

Another illegal intruder related to 0bama?


10 posted on 11/08/2008 10:38:00 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: MissEdie; Pinkbell
Piebalds are an interesting phenom among critters ...


11 posted on 11/09/2008 5:07:42 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
Are your cats prone to eating squirrel tails too? Meet Stumpy. ;-D


12 posted on 11/09/2008 5:09:23 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: SouthDixie; VaRepublican
Albinos aren't quite the same mutation, but interesting too.


13 posted on 11/09/2008 5:13:15 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition

That picture reminds me of the squirrel in my mother’s backyard.

My mother didn’t like squirrels and if they wandered into her yard they got shot. All except for one strange looking one with a very short, strange looking tail.

She let that one wander all over the back yard, I’m not sure why. I suspect she had had a bad day and didn’t quite kill the little guy. It probably bled all over the snow in the back yard. Who knows. There was a story but we never learned it.


14 posted on 11/09/2008 5:15:41 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: martin_fierro
HAHAHAHA! Brill! HAHAHAHA!


15 posted on 11/09/2008 5:20:23 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition
Squirrel Nutkin Lives!

Read the book...

16 posted on 11/09/2008 5:25:57 AM PST by ExGeeEye (I am Joe the Plumber, John Galt, and if need be, SPARTACUS!)
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To: ExGeeEye
LOL ... as soon as I get back from church.


17 posted on 11/09/2008 6:17:32 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition

18 posted on 11/09/2008 6:20:07 AM PST by TADSLOS (McCain Courted Socialism and Brought Us Marxism Instead)
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To: TADSLOS

19 posted on 11/09/2008 6:31:50 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition

haha!

A squirrel that has markings and coloring like a skunk.

But he’s STILL a rat-cousin !!! :^D


20 posted on 11/09/2008 7:08:13 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Obama, WHO is Bill Ayers and WHY are you still friends with him? Please RSVP asap!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Saw this at my feeder this morning ...


21 posted on 11/09/2008 7:12:15 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition


22 posted on 11/09/2008 7:17:58 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Obama, WHO is Bill Ayers and WHY are you still friends with him? Please RSVP asap!)
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To: martin_fierro

ROTFLMAO....I spit coffee on my computer laughing! Thanks, I needed that!!


23 posted on 11/09/2008 7:19:19 AM PST by imfrmdixie
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To: Daffynition

It is a Fox squirrel...... it is not a red or gray squirrel but a separate species.

In my youth they were not especially uncommon.


24 posted on 11/09/2008 7:22:06 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of waferin)
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To: Daffynition
Photobucket
25 posted on 11/09/2008 7:28:29 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Daffynition
Pie what?


26 posted on 11/09/2008 8:14:56 AM PST by JoeProBono (Do dying fish in Lincoln Park pond feel pain?)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

27 posted on 11/09/2008 8:15:04 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: MeekOneGOP

28 posted on 11/09/2008 8:17:57 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL!


29 posted on 11/09/2008 8:21:23 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JoeProBono
Pi in the sky. That's what.


30 posted on 11/09/2008 8:25:33 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: BunnySlippers
Supersquirrel....


31 posted on 11/09/2008 8:30:55 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition

Hehe.


32 posted on 11/09/2008 9:00:36 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: Daffynition


33 posted on 11/09/2008 9:30:42 AM PST by JoeProBono (Do dying fish in Lincoln Park pond feel pain?)
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To: Daffynition
Don't get me started


34 posted on 11/09/2008 9:34:30 AM PST by JoeProBono (Do dying fish in Lincoln Park pond feel pain?)
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To: JoeProBono
Don't be 'irrational.'


35 posted on 11/09/2008 9:37:18 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: martin_fierro

You talkin' to me?

36 posted on 11/09/2008 9:41:08 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Is that Obama or Amabo?


37 posted on 11/09/2008 9:46:29 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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38 posted on 11/09/2008 9:47:58 AM PST by Fresh Wind (Hey, Obama! Where's my check?)
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To: Daffynition

Curious critter turning heads near Sauble Beach


39 posted on 11/09/2008 9:52:06 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama: Satan's Counterfeit Christ)
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To: Daffynition
(singing) "When the moon hits the sky like an escargot pie..."


40 posted on 11/09/2008 9:56:11 AM PST by JoeProBono (Do dying fish in Lincoln Park pond feel pain?)
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To: Fresh Wind
Holy cow! That's great!


41 posted on 11/09/2008 10:06:59 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: COBOL2Java
You tryin' to turn this into a Hooters thread? ;)


42 posted on 11/09/2008 10:09:24 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: JoeProBono
I think you're pokin' fun at me.


43 posted on 11/09/2008 10:12:46 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition
"I think you're pokin' fun at me."

Nah


44 posted on 11/09/2008 10:44:26 AM PST by JoeProBono (Do dying fish in Lincoln Park pond feel pain?)
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To: JoeProBono
I'll bet if I were homeless ... you wouldn't even pay me no mind.


45 posted on 11/09/2008 10:46:43 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition
I'd drop a slug in your hat


46 posted on 11/09/2008 10:51:39 AM PST by JoeProBono (Do dying fish in Lincoln Park pond feel pain?)
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To: JoeProBono
I seal what you did there.


47 posted on 11/09/2008 10:54:12 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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To: Daffynition
The great escape


48 posted on 11/09/2008 11:04:11 AM PST by JoeProBono (Do dying fish in Lincoln Park pond feel pain?)
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To: JoeProBono

49 posted on 11/09/2008 11:06:00 AM PST by JoeProBono (Do dying fish in Lincoln Park pond feel pain?)
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To: JoeProBono
...I'm es-car-go too... got stuff to do. Later.
50 posted on 11/09/2008 11:09:58 AM PST by Daffynition ("A gov't big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.)
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