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Elizabeth
12-09-2018, 05:24 AM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dtu1BfxWsAUVn0q.jpg
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/the-magical-moment-a-photographer-spotted-a-rare-white-reindeer-in-the-snow :)

Calamus
12-09-2018, 09:08 AM
According to Sami tradition white reindeers bring good luck.

Elizabeth
12-09-2018, 04:07 PM
According to Sami tradition white reindeers bring good luck.


That's good to know. Thank you, Calamus. I believe it. I had good luck after seeing it on the internet. I read that they were/are considered magical/mystical. Maybe because they are so rare & beautiful. Seeing it in person must be extra special. That was one lucky photographer. Have you ever seen one in person, being that you live in Norway?

Calamus
12-10-2018, 07:27 PM
That's good to know. Thank you, Calamus. I believe it. I had good luck after seeing it on the internet. I read that they were/are considered magical/mystical. Maybe because they are so rare & beautiful. Seeing it in person must be extra special. That was one lucky photographer. Have you ever seen one in person, being that you live in Norway?

I have seen reindeer, but I have never seen any white reindeer. They are very rare. We did have an all-white fox in the area last year. I didn't see it but several of my friends did and also managed to take some photos. It was a very unusual and beautiful fox.

rms2
12-11-2018, 12:56 AM
We don't have any reindeer of any color outside of zoos here where I live, but one does see the occasional white skunk or white squirrel. We also have a few coal black squirrels here and there, and the only other place I have seen them is Canada.

I learned later that our black squirrels are the descendants of (legal) Canadian immigrants (https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/black-squirrels-washington-dc-canada-history-smithsonian-ontario-1.4744392).

Ebizur
12-11-2018, 09:57 AM
We don't have any reindeer of any color outside of zoos here where I live, but one does see the occasional white skunk or white squirrel. We also have a few coal black squirrels here and there, and the only other place I have seen them is Canada.

I learned later that our black squirrels are the descendants of (legal) Canadian immigrants (https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/black-squirrels-washington-dc-canada-history-smithsonian-ontario-1.4744392).I wonder how much genetic admixture from indigenous gray squirrels may be possessed by present-day black-furred individuals in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth
12-11-2018, 08:48 PM
I have seen reindeer, but I have never seen any white reindeer. They are very rare. We did have an all-white fox in the area last year. I didn't see it but several of my friends did and also managed to take some photos. It was a very unusual and beautiful fox.


I can imagine how beautiful an all-white fox must be. :)

Btw, off-topic but I recently bought 3 new purses and one of them has a white fox face on it.

https://www.payless.com/dw/image/v2/AAPR_PRD/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-payless-catalog/default/dwb2f1b7b8/images/hi-res/180305_4_1400x1400.jpg?sw=556
https://www.payless.com/womens-minicci-glitter-fox-crossbody-bag/80500.html?dwvar_80500_color=rosegold#start=4&cgid=accessories-handbags-crossbody

Elizabeth
12-11-2018, 08:53 PM
We don't have any reindeer of any color outside of zoos here where I live, but one does see the occasional white skunk or white squirrel. We also have a few coal black squirrels here and there, and the only other place I have seen them is Canada.

I learned later that our black squirrels are the descendants of (legal) Canadian immigrants (https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/black-squirrels-washington-dc-canada-history-smithsonian-ontario-1.4744392).

I've heard of red squirrels but never heard of black squirrels before. I like the gray/grey squirrel best. I grew up seeing grey squirrels.

Webb
12-11-2018, 09:29 PM
I've heard of red squirrels but never heard of black squirrels before. I like the gray/grey squirrel best. I grew up seeing grey squirrels.

The black squirrels are a genetic variation of gray/grey squirrels. It is a recessive trait that seems to pop up in isolated populations of gray/grey squirrels. Here in Western Pa, we have fox squirrels, which are huge. They have a gray/brown top and their belly is yellowy-orange.

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Elizabeth
12-12-2018, 03:26 AM
The black squirrels are a genetic variation of gray/grey squirrels. It is a recessive trait that seems to pop up in isolated populations of gray/grey squirrels. Here in Western Pa, we have fox squirrels, which are huge. They have a gray/brown top and their belly is yellowy-orange.

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Aw, it's cute. :)

J Man
12-12-2018, 04:39 AM
We don't have any reindeer of any color outside of zoos here where I live, but one does see the occasional white skunk or white squirrel. We also have a few coal black squirrels here and there, and the only other place I have seen them is Canada.

I learned later that our black squirrels are the descendants of (legal) Canadian immigrants (https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/black-squirrels-washington-dc-canada-history-smithsonian-ontario-1.4744392).

Black squirrels are all over the place here in Ontario...Mostly in urban areas though where they tend to outcompete the smaller red guys. Out in the bush though the red squirrels still dominate from what I have seen.

spruithean
12-13-2018, 10:57 PM
Black squirrels are all over the place here in Ontario...Mostly in urban areas though where they tend to outcompete the smaller red guys. Out in the bush though the red squirrels still dominate from what I have seen.

Yeah, red squirrels also, despite their stature, put up a fight against the larger black squirrels. I've seen my fair share of battles between the two.

rms2
12-15-2018, 12:47 AM
Some of the black squirrels I have seen around here are really jet black and quite good looking. They add to the variety of squirrels we have, and are kind of cool.

What I really think is cool is when I see a little chipmunk run across the street. That doesn't happen too often.

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bonfirepumpkins
12-10-2019, 11:33 PM
Nice. Looks like a giant rat (in a good way).