According to UT legend, if you see an albino squirrel the day of a test, you’ll have good luck. Many students claim to have been positively affected by glimpsing this mysterious creature—even acing tests they hardly studied for.
UT biologist David Hillis spoke with the Alcalde for their July 2013 article and reported that the “albino” squirrels on campus aren’t really albino, but rather one of a few white fox squirrels.
While there may be several blonde squirrels on campus, they aren’t really albinos, says Hillis. “It’s a color variant, not a true albino.” Albinism is a genetic anomaly in which an animal has a total or partial lack of pigment. It’s much more rare—occurring in one in 100,000 squirrels. Albino squirrels have red eyes, while white squirrels have brown eyes.
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