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Gingersnap
12-22-2008, 11:51 AM
Pete the purple squirrel leaves animal lovers baffled

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:05 AM on 22nd December 2008

We've all seen lots of grey squirrels and maybe the occasional red, but this chap is definitely going through a purple patch.

He was spotted at Meoncross School in Stubbington, Hampshire, where pupils, staff and parents have all tried to solve the mystery of his unusual hue.

One clue is that he frequently pops into a building where old printers are stored. TV wildlife expert Chris Packham said: 'It is possible he has been chewing on a purple ink cartridge and then groomed that colouring into his fur.

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Enlarge Pete the purple squirrel has become a legend among staff and pupils at the school he visits in Hampshire

'Squirrels will chew anything even if it's obviously inedible. He is unlikely to have fallen into paint because that would probably have killed him. 'I imagine he'll return to his normal grey by spring when he moults.'
But people who have seen the squirrel say they do not believe this explains its even colouring.

I wouldn't be impressed if they sprayed themselves with stucco and dyed themselves to match the house.

You Aren't Fooling Anyone. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1099282/Pete-purple-squirrel-leaves-animal-lovers-baffled.html)

FlaGator
12-22-2008, 12:43 PM
Photoshop... mystery solved :D