25 April, 2013 in Images, Photos | Comment

A man spotted this creature outside his office building in San Jose, California. Not only is the animal black and white, but it also has bright blue eyes. It’s as if it’s part squirrel, part skunk and part character from a cartoon.

The little guy can’t exactly camouflage with the ground and bushes.

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This is what it looks like in all its magnificent beauty.

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In reality it is actually a squirrel that has something referred to as “piebald,” which is a coloration that arises sometimes in many mammal populations (cats, dog, cows, horses, fox, mice, rats). In the wild, they are easy prey so usually don’t live to reproduce.

Here he is showing off those pearly blue eyes.

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Under domestication, these squirrels are protected and the color can become established.

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The black and white fur makes it look more like a climbing skunk than a squirrel.

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So just in case…better back off when it aims its behind at you.

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Oh nature, you’re full of surprises.