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Sound Off: How common are albino squirrels in Lawrence?

Albino squirrels and partially albino squirrels are much more common in Lawrence than they would be outside of the city. Kansas University professor of ecology Robert Timm explained the reason in terms of natural selection. In the wild, albino squirrels stick out, making them easy prey for hawks and other predators. However in the city not as many predators exist, allowing the albinos to survive. Timm said being an albino sometimes actually helps the squirrels. “Because this is a different squirrel people put out extra food for it,” he said. “Most of our squirrel mortality is over winter.” These albino squirrels survive the winter at a higher rate and reproduce, creating more albino squirrels.

Comments

Shelley Bock 3 years ago

And I thought albino squirrels were the survivors of close encounters with electric transformers.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 3 years ago

They're not survivors. They're GHOSTS! They skitter around trying to convince other squirrels to join their ranks...ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZP!

LadyJ 3 years ago

Haven't seen any albinos but I did see an almost all black squirrel out by FHS the other day.

50YearResident 3 years ago

I had a black squirrel comming to my bird feeder until it got run over by a car. The last time I saw it was laying squashed in the middle of the street. Haven't seen one since.

2002 3 years ago

Now that is natural selection

Whodathunk 3 years ago

Albino chicken... extra white meat.

Kris Norton 3 years ago

I saw one at a buddy of mine's house over by 28th and Belle Haven.....crazy sight.

patkindle 3 years ago

is this politically correct? some one is probably offended
what about our diversity? cant we all just get along and not discriminate ?

Flap Doodle 3 years ago

National Association for the Advancement of Rodent Americans

riverdrifter 3 years ago

They're all over the place in the statehouse grounds in Topeka.

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