Purple Squirrel Makes the Species More Terrifying Than Ever

purple squirrelPeople sometimes scoff when they witness my trepidation around squirrels. Okay, it's more like a horrifying phobia that makes me shriek nonstop at parks and cross the street rather than face down one of the varmints. But all those who think I overreact, won't be mocking me any longer when they hear about what a Pennsylvania couple found in their backyard -- a purple squirrel.

Yes, a real, walking, breathing squirrel, who's the color of Barney. Connie Emert told AccWeather.com just how she came upon this disturbing discovery:


I kept telling my husband I saw a purple one out in the yard. 'Oh sure you did' he kept telling me. Well, he checked the trap around noon on Sunday and sure enough, there it was.

Call me nutty, but I can't imagine many things more terrifying. Give me roaches or snakes any day, but squirrels and their beady little eyes and sharp, unrelenting teeth are the stuff of nightmares -- and now the little nightmares come in bright, vibrant color.

I fear this is yet another step on the speices' part to take down the human race ... or least steal all of our food. You think I jest, but remember last year, when a killer squirrel was on the loose in Vermont. Oh yes, it happened, and it wasn't the first time. Nor will it be the last. Now we have to worry about them somehow being able to color themselves various shades of the rainbow to further taunt us with their prowess. Just look at the comments on the squirrel's Facebook page (of course, he has one) -- everyone wants one now. See how sneaky they are!

Scientists offer up some answers as to how this squirrel may have developed the hue. Since they will eat anything (or anyone?), perhaps the squirrel ate an ink carriage. Another told the website that it could be more serious, and that the shade looks like Tyrian purple -- something that happens when there's too much bromide in the water.

There's no good news here for humans, anyway you look at it, especially because the purple squirrel was released back into the wild. Now he (or she?) is out there in all of his purple glory, possibly multiplying, and producing a whole new purple squirrel race. At least we'll be better able to see them coming.

What do you think of the purple squirrel found? What animal are you most afraid of?

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