Jan 26, 2011

The Legend of the White Squirrel of Brevard NC

A friend on Facebook was telling everyone about watching two white squirrels playing this morning and how wonderful it was... That was intriguing and so after some help from some friends, I found out about the legend and how the White Squirrel came to be in Brevard, North Carolina. So here it is and I hope you enjoy the story and the pictures. Thanks Lelania !!

"Legend has it that Brevard, North Carolina’s White Squirrels arrived here over 50 years ago via a circus truck. Now this story is so strange is almost has to be true. So here is goes…

It all started with Mrs. W.E. (Barb
ara) Mull, a long time resident of Brevard, North Carolina. Her brother-in-law, H.H. Mull, was given two white squirrels by a Mr. Black of Madison, Florida way back in 1949. The pair of white squirrels had been squirreling around in Mr. Black’s pecan grove ever since a circus truck had overturned near his home. H.H. Mull then gave the little white critters to his niece Barbara Mull up in North Carolina. She kept them inside and hoped they might even breed, but alas, no such luck.

In 1951, Barbara Mull got married and went her way. In her absence, one of the white squirrels escaped outdoors. Not long afterwards, Mr. Mull (Barbara’s father) let the other heart broken and love stricken white squirrel go free. A short time later, little white squirrels began appearing in various parts of town – apparent direct or indirect off springs of this “Adam and Eve” pair.

The White Squirrels of Brevard, North Carolina have become so famous that in 1986, the Brevard City Council unanimously voted for an ordinance that established a sanctuary for all squirrels. The ordinance reads, “The entire area embraced within the corporate limits of the city is hereby designated as a sanctuary for all species of squirrel (family Sciuriadae), and in particular the Brevard White Squirrel. It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt, kill, trap, or otherwise take any protected squirrels within the city by this section.”

Other towns also lay claim to having white squirrels as residents. These include Olney, Illinois, Marionville, Missouri, and Exeter, Canada. Unlike some of these squirrels, Brevard’s White Squirrels are not albinos squirrels, but a variant of the Eastern Grey Squirrel. And since an amazing 27% of Brevard’s squirrels are white squirrels, and since only Brevard has an annual White Squirrel Festival, The White Squirrel Institute, and The Squirrel Box Derby downhill race, this is why Brevard, NC is often referred to as the “White Squirrel Capital of the World.

(via bencrow.com)

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(via hillbillysavant.blogspot.com)

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(disclaimer: these pictures are not mine.
I gave credit to the ones I could,
the rest came from Brevard NC websites)


Méa Strauß said...

Yeiii, freedom to the white squirrels, so in nature they can do... what tha should do, hahaha. Such a sweet legend. Thank you for posting :))))

Carolyn Binder said...

Hi Linda,

I was delighted to find your post about white squirrels. We live in Monticello, Florida, not far from Madison. We are always delighted to see the rare white squirrels enjoying the pecan grove in our backyard garden.

When we bought our cottage ten years ago, the former owners told us stories about the white squirrels being thrown off a circus train, so the legend must have some truth. Madison is just up the road apiece.

I thought you'd be interested to know that the white squirrels are here in Monticello, too.

Thanks for your post. It delighted me!

Carolyn Binder

Linda said...

Glad you ladies enjoyed this post...I have alot of grey squirrels but would love to see a white one...Not sure if they would like the snow & cold tho they would have great camouflage...;)

Anonymous said...

I was riding through the school where I teach on my bicycle and spotted a white squirrel running up a tree.
I immediately bought squirrel food from ACE Hardware and started throwing it out morning and night.
The white squirrel's name is "Marshmallow." She is skittish when I come around but looks at me from behind
the tree and stares me down when I am around. She is not so fascinated with me! I shake the container to let her know i am there and throw the food. It is so much fun! I emailed my principal and told her about it and that I would be feeding it the summer of 2016 so security wouldn't think I'm on grounds illegally.
So far I have pictures from a distance...hoping to get better ones for the future. I live in Jacksonville, Florida
near the beach (about 15 minutes away) and can't figure out where the white Morph came from? She is beautiful! All other squirrels are grey. If you are interested in updates my e-mail address is gayllynch@bellsouth.net. Any future interests don't hesitate to contact me. I hope she lives forever as she has drawn me to her beauty!!

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