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© Edd Scorpio
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UploadedOctober 17, 2014
TakenNovember 5, 2012
Exposure1/80 sec at f/14
FlashRed Eye, Compulsory Flash
Focal Length37.5 mm

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"Nosfurrytooth" aka Sciurus Carolinensis Sanguinarius – the legendary (Albino) Vampyre Squirrel!

To the best of our knowledge, the only one ever captured & mounted!

Stories told to terrify children (and unwelcome visitors) in the Carpathian Mountain region of Romania mention the Vampir Veveriță (vampyre squirrel) – a mutated Gray Squirrel that suffers from albinism; likely due to it’s tendency to hunt only at night. Gray Squirrels are not native to Romania, but have become an invasive species spreading across Europe from the UK. Grey Squirrels carry the squirrelpox virus which is deadly to the native Red Squirrels but does not affect the host.

This extremely rare creature was allegedly mounted for the infamous Dr. Moreau and found it’s way into a private collection. Not only is the mounting unusual in it's pose, it is completely hand done (well before the era of taxidermy "forms")...AND look closely at the EYES...they are not glass (as most taxidermy are), they are Black Freshwater Pearls!

8 responses

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (17 Oct 2014):

    superbly done and quite the scary creature

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (17 Oct 2014):

    Haha..Love Dr. Moreau..this is fantastic..

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (17 Oct 2014):

    Wow look at that fang:) We see a lot of gray squirrels that eat at our bird feeder but haven't seen an albino until this picture... Amazing story and image!!!

  • Edd Scorpio

    Edd Scorpio said (17 Oct 2014):

    Thank ye for the comments, mates!

    Andrea Petersen - we've actually seen a (live) squirrel that was all black, except for a bushy white tail...

  • Daniel Zuercher

    Daniel Zuercher gave props (18 Oct 2014):

    Awesome picture and story.

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (18 Oct 2014):

    Great find, wonderful story, oh those eyes!

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) gave props (18 Oct 2014):

    Cool image, well done.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (25 Oct 2014):

    super shot!

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