10 Feb '12, 6pm

Purple squirrel captured in Pennsylvania

Purple squirrel captured in Pennsylvania

RAINBOW RODENT: Percy and Connie Emert captured the squirrel on Sunday, Feb. 5. (Photo: Accuweather) A couple in Pennsylvania trapped a purple squirrel on Sunday, Feb. 5, but experts aren’t certain what’s behind the critter’s colorful coat. Percy and Connie Emert of Jersey Shore, Pa., caught the brightly colored rodent when trying to keep squirrels away from their bird feeders. Connie said she had seen the animal on her property before but no one believed her. "I kept telling my husband I saw a purple one out in the yard. 'Oh sure you did' he kept telling me. Well, he checked the trap around noon on Sunday and sure enough, there it was,” she told Accuweather.com . The Emerts kept the squirrel in a large cage for a couple of days, feeding him peanuts, but they released him back into the wild on Tuesday. They say they have no idea why the animal is bright purple. Accuweather...

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