He had never seen one.
Since that time, there have been more reports in Illinois and Indiana. Now I've spotted my first here in Ohio. This one has been scampering about Pinehaven all spring.
The squirrel is not an albino. They have normal-colored eyes and body fur. The white tail is a recessive trait of gray squirrels. The mother must have a white tail, too.
The four pictures I'll post are each different even though they appear quite similar. The squirrel was sitting on our back porch last evening. The sun had not set and I was shooting into the light, not a good angle for a clear photograph. I was also shooting through the back storm door.
When the squirrel runs up a tree, it looks like he is being chased by a ghost.
The white tail is an extension of the fur on his underbelly, also snow white.
It'll be interesting to see if we see others of this type in the years ahead.
[Credit: Globe Gazette]