Purple squirrel released back into the wild

purplesquirrel2cropped.jpgA Pennsylvania couple trapped a purple squirrel on Sunday (Feb. 5). Percy and Connie Emert, of Jersey Shore, Pa. caught the little punk rock tree monkey while trying to keep birds safe from the rodents.

"We have bird feeders out in our yard, and the squirrels are constantly into them," Connie Emert tells Accuweather. "My husband traps them and then sets them free elsewhere so they don't get into your bird feeders." She said no one believed her. Yeah, we kind of get that. "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."

"We have no idea whatsoever. It's really purple. People think we dyed it, but honestly, we just found it and it was purple," she said. "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!"

There was a purple squirrel discovered in England in 2008. "I have never seen anything like it before," wildlife expert Chris Packham told the Telegraph. "Squirrels will chew anything even if it's obviously inedible. It is possible he has been chewing on a purple ink cartridge and then groomed that coloring into his fur."

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