NO, THIS IS NOT one of those “Why did the
chicken squirrel cross the road?” joke stories.
Rather, I am wondering, have you ever seen a black squirrel?
I hadn’t until last weekend while at City Park in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin.
My second daughter, who attended college in western Wisconsin and now lives on the eastern side of the state, couldn’t believe I’d never, in nearly 60 years of life, seen anything but grey or red squirrels.
My husband also had never spotted a black squirrel although he once saw an albino in the woods on his central Minnesota childhood farm home.
I don’t recall any squirrels on my native southwestern Minnesota prairie farm while growing up. Maybe the shortage of trees had something to do with their absence.
In any case, I was intrigued by the two black squirrels in City Park. My daughter found my interest rather amusing. Sometimes it just doesn’t take much to entertain me.
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