A rare albino squirrel that was known to many students at the University of North Texas (UNT) has died. A mean hawk swooped down and killed the poor albino squirrel, probably becuase it was jealous of the amount of food the squirrel was being fed.
This squirrel was famous at the University of North Texas, so famous that T.J. Zambrano formed a group called the UNT Albino Squirrel Preservation Society. Per the picture (seen here, click to enlarge), the UNT Albino Squirrel Preservation Society wa s apparently trying to find a name for the squirrel.
Zambra no and other members of the UNT Albino Squirrel Preservation Society recently met in a courtyard that was the squirrel's "favorite scampering spot".
While albino squirrels are indeed white squirrels, not all white squirrels are albino squirrels. True albino squirrels have a recessive gene that limits pigmentation all over, including the eyes. This is why albino squirrels also have pink eyes and white skin, hands and feet.
The poster in this picture made by the UNT Albino Sq uirrel Preservation Society says that the odd a squirrel will be born albino is 1 in 100,000.