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A Shrine To A Squirrel: Town's 'Diana Style' Show of Grief For Dead Albino Rodent
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 08th, 2009

Posted on 11/08/2009 7:59:57 PM PST by Steelfish

A Shrine To A Squirrel: Town's 'Diana Style' Show of Grief For Dead Albino Rodent

By DANIEL BATES 09th November 2009

Well-loved: Albi the albino squirrel pictured in the churchyard where he lived [Pic in URL]

Beside the grave lie gifts, flowers and heartfelt messages, some in verse. A tribute page on the social networking site Facebook has attracted more than 250 members.

And the cause of this remarkable outpouring of grief? Albi the albino squirrel is no more. Albi, also known as Snowy or Percy, fell foul of a hit-and-run driver outside the churchyard where he used to live and play in Dorking, Surrey.

Dozens of tearful mourners have made the pilgrimage to his grave in a flower bed and turned it into a shrine to their 'light that has gone out'. Cards, flowers and bags of nuts surround the small wooden cross which marks the spot where his body lies. One message reads: 'Bye my beautiful albino squirrel. Miss you. I will always remember you forever. Rest in peace. Love you.'

Another reads: 'We can't believe you've gone little friend. 'Everyone loved to see you running in the churchyard with your fellow – but grey – squirrels. We will not forget you.'

One mourner has brought a bathroom tile to the grave on which is scratched the words: 'Albi no more.' And a poem on a card laments his 'untimely death' at the hands of an 'evil driver'.

Only one in 100,000 squirrels is an albino. Since he appeared about two years ago Albi had become such a celebrity that his fans would wear white squirrel costumes at fancy-dress parties.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: albi; albino; dorking; shrine; squirrel

1 posted on 11/08/2009 7:59:59 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
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2 posted on 11/08/2009 8:07:45 PM PST by ozark hilljilly (Can I opt-out of Obamaland?)
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To: Steelfish

I find it hard to believe that there can be 250 people in one town whose lives are this empty in a country that did not elect Obama.


3 posted on 11/08/2009 8:15:57 PM PST by sig226 (Bring back Jimmy Carter!)
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To: Steelfish

4 posted on 11/08/2009 8:17:29 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Nateman

That is so funny!


5 posted on 11/08/2009 8:19:05 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish; 50mm

6 posted on 11/08/2009 8:19:43 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: sig226
They must be just plain squirrelly...or squirrel-less!

It was a cute little critter.

7 posted on 11/08/2009 8:22:32 PM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: Steelfish

Sad. Albinos usually have poor vision, so it’s a wonder he lasted two years without some special protection. Sounds like he had a good life, though, short as it was.


8 posted on 11/08/2009 8:27:39 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Steelfish

Dorking indeed!


9 posted on 11/08/2009 8:30:16 PM PST by T Minus Four
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To: GovernmentShrinker

10 posted on 11/08/2009 8:34:54 PM PST by Kirkwood
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Squirrel self ping (for harvesting pics tomorrow at work)


11 posted on 11/08/2009 8:38:26 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Steelfish

Squirrel photoshop thread.

12 posted on 11/08/2009 8:38:47 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Steelfish

13 posted on 11/08/2009 8:41:07 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Wow- thanks for the pic post.


14 posted on 11/08/2009 9:00:55 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
This is one of those times when print fails to capture the impact of a large rodent attracting mourners. I for one am very happy to have been here.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

15 posted on 11/08/2009 9:03:18 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Nateman; Daffynition

16 posted on 11/08/2009 9:22:18 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Steelfish

17 posted on 11/08/2009 9:26:34 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

18 posted on 11/08/2009 9:54:23 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: ozark hilljilly
squirrelscreamer
19 posted on 11/08/2009 10:00:17 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Nateman

20 posted on 11/08/2009 10:09:24 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: The Comedian

Don’t drive angry!


21 posted on 11/08/2009 10:14:56 PM PST by Daniel II (I'm Jim Thompson, this is my brother Jimmy, and this is my other brother Jimmy)
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To: Steelfish

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/alwynsw/BusStop.jpg[/IMG]


22 posted on 11/08/2009 10:34:32 PM PST by sawhitt
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To: Nateman

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/alwynsw/squirrelporation.jpg[/IMG]


23 posted on 11/08/2009 10:34:35 PM PST by sawhitt
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To: Steelfish
Me Likey Tree Rats!!! Image and video hosting by TinyPic ...;0)
24 posted on 11/09/2009 12:05:07 AM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: Steelfish

thanks for the laughs


25 posted on 11/09/2009 3:53:07 AM PST by Revelation 911 (How many 100's of 1000's of our servicemen died so we would never bow to a king?" -freeper pnh102)
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To: Steelfish
A Shrine To A Squirrel: Town's 'Diana Style' Show of Grief For Dead Albino Rodent

And it seems to me you lived your life like a squirrel in the wind?

26 posted on 11/09/2009 4:16:02 AM PST by Lonely Bull
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To: JoeProBono

I thought the poem was very touching.


27 posted on 11/09/2009 4:22:53 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: Nateman

Wow!
That’s kinda how I’ve been feeling for about a year now.
; )


28 posted on 11/09/2009 5:24:59 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Can I opt-out of Obamaland?)
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To: windcliff; onedoug

ping


29 posted on 11/09/2009 6:27:38 AM PST by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: stylecouncilor; Steelfish

#12 best so far.

Thanks for the LOL, S.


30 posted on 11/09/2009 6:57:51 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Nateman

Well that picture says it all. LOL.


31 posted on 11/09/2009 6:59:48 AM PST by windcliff
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To: Steelfish

32 posted on 11/09/2009 9:41:35 AM PST by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: Nateman

LOL


33 posted on 11/09/2009 4:13:37 PM PST by 50mm (AARP is a steaming pile)
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