Students mourn death of cherished albino squirrel on UT campus

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News

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Posted on July 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 11:18 AM

AUSTIN -- University of Texas students are feeling a little less lucky Thursday, following the death of an unusual campus icon. One of the university's cherished albino squirrels was run over this week.

It's believed there are at least 10 of those critters on the UT campus. Most of them have been sighted near the MLK statue in the East Mall.

Seeing the creatures is supposed to bring good luck and potentially good grades.

The squirrels are such a UT fixture that the Texas Exes added info about them in the campus tour guide. But, it turns out, the albino squirrels are actually not albino at all.

"In actuality they're a fox squirrel, and they're white squirrels or blond squirrels, but they look like an albino squirrel from afar because they're mostly white. You can tell they're not albino because they don't have red eyes," said Tim Taliafero, a member of Texas Exes.

Regardless, students say they'll keep looking for these squirrels around campus.

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