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Spotting of white squirrel exciting Conover Lane folks
First spotted Thursday, the little white squirrel was out again today
By Ed Waggener
Midnight McLean, the black bobtail cat, is now under house arrest.
The Stewart-McLean dog, whose name we missed, is now tethered safely away from mischief.
As an additional caution, Charmane Stewart, who works for Intrepid Home Health, and businessman Gerald McLean keep a wary eye out on the hawk which circles their home. They live on Conover Lane, east of Columbia, across Russell Creek, and through the tunnel under the LBN.
Both Charmane and Gerald do everything they can to protect their newest discovery, a snow-white, red-eyed, beautiful little squirrel.
It was spotted Thursday by Charmane's daughter, Shevawn Richards, while they were sitting at a table, look out a window.
The squirrel came out of a hole in a mostly dead tree in the yard. It was the first time any of them had seen this or any other white squirrel.
Went online to learn about white squirrels.
It was only after the sighting that she went online and became one of this community's most knowledgeable white squirrel experts, learning, for instance, about the other colonies of the animals in Olney< IL, the self described white squirrel capitol, and that infant squirrels stay in their nests for up to two years.
But that was after she had taken care of first things, first. She grabbed a camera and took a picture of it after Shevawn discovered the white squirrel. "It's beautiful," she says. "it's not cream or off-white," she said, "it's snow white."
The squirrel seems to the only albino offspring in a litter of four or five gray squirrels, Ms. Stewart says.
That day was the first time any of them had seen the white squirrel. The little gray squirrels had not been so timid. Gerald and Charmane had seen them before.
The albino was out again today
But today, Friday, the albino sallied forth again. They think it will be a big part of their lives if Midnight McLean, their two year old bob tailed cat, the dog on a leash, or the hawk circling doesn't get it.
One good thing: Gerald McLean didn't have to reform because of the white squirrel. Didn't have to quit hunting them. That's not his game, according to Charmane. "He feeds the squirrels," she said. "He doesn't hunt them. He loves the squirrels as much as I do."
For more information on white squirrels, type the words "white squirrel" in the Google search box. You'll likely come up with Olney and Danville, IL, and Marionville, MO, among other places. The communities which have them in abundance are quite nuts over these entertaining, very special creatures.
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