Photo taken: October 30, 2015
What would you get if you paired a squirrel with a raccoon? The result of that genetic experiment may look a little something like this very unique squirrel I caught roaming my neighborhood for a brief time in the Fall of 2015. There’s actually no weird experiment going on here…. at least, I think there isn’t. The thick fur on a squirrel’s tail doesn’t all come in at once, and there is usually an orangish-yellow undercoat beneath it that is exposed for a time, especially in adolescents. It’s not totally unusual to see a squirrel somewhere in the midst of this furry molting process… but to see that striped tail pattern like the squirrelcoon has is very weird! I’ve never seen another squirrel like it before! Now as for that orange toupee he has…. well, he needs to give Donald Trump back his hairpiece.