In the literal sense of the term, a grey squirrel is in fact not grey…. not entirely, at least. Outside of white squirrels and black squirrels (both of which are mutations of the grey species), grey squirrels aren’t the least bit monochrome in fur color. Their overall outer coat appears to be anywhere from light to dark grey, with some tinges of brown and even orange interspersed. Their underbellies are very light shades of almost white, with a hint of “tabby stripes” if they’re positioned the right way. Their tails typically have a lighter colored ring around the fringes. And grey squirrels almost universally have a very light brownish ring around their eyes. All work together to give the common grey squirrel its adorably cute visage…
But genetics have a way of adding little individual quirks to everyone’s look… and that even applies to squirrels. Their differences from the norm are usually very subtle, but sometimes they’re as plain as the nose on your face….. or, say, the nose on this squirrel’s face. His abnormal discoloration is somewhat extreme for squirrels, featuring a much darker brow when compared to his base color, which also extends in a semi ring around his nose.
And then there’s the…… well, mustache, I guess.
Don’t worry, little guy. I did not write this post to mock you, only to show that even in physical differences there is beauty, and this week’s Saturday Squirrel is quite dashing with his hipster “facial hair.” At least I hope that is your natural color and you weren’t scrounging in the trash can for a deadly chocolate bar… or even worse, a half used bottle of Just For Men.
Have a great weekend everyone!