White squirrel witnessed in Colonie

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A white squirrel in the woods

A white squirrel, leucistic or albino, spotted at the Crossings of Colonie near Albany, NY (Reddit / /u/Simpleton216)

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A white squirrel was spotted this past weekend at the Crossings of Colonie, a wooded park.

There have been several sightings of a white or albino squirrel at the crossings and elsewhere in Colonie this fall and winter. Witnesses allege seeing the suspect in garbage cans, near a playground, and on trees or bushes.

Is this dark-eyed squirrel leucistic rather than albino? Are we dealing with a single suspect? Does albinism run in the genetics of the Colonie-area squirrel population? Subject matter experts disagree.

A white squirrel, possibly albino, photographed at the Crossings in October (Reddit / /u/ABongo)

Subject matter experts have reached consensus, however, that the area should adopt the pale rodent as its official mascot.

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The (or one of the) white squirrel(s), briefly seen beside a typical squirrel in an area field in the fall. (Reddit / /u/crew88)

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