Pa. couple finds purple squirrel in backyard

    Admit it, you wouldn’t believe your neighbors either if they told you there was a purple squirrel in their yard. We were skeptical ourselves when NewsWorks videographer Kim Paynter shared this story with us.

    Percy and Connie Emert of Jersey Shore, Pa., solved that problem by trapping the decidedly purple squirrel roaming their property. has photos and video of the squirrel, who spent a few days hanging out in a roomy cage before the couple released him.
    So how does a squirrel get purple? The theories are as strange as the squirrel itself. Some believe he was dyed, another postured the little guy had fallen into a port-a-potty looking for a place to get warm. And a Lock Have University professor thinks the squirrel has been drinking too much bromide-laced frack water in Lycoming County.

    Regardless of how it got purple-d, there’s no question that the coloring has made the squirrel famous. He has a Twitter account.

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