Students Gawk as Albino Squirrel Is Devoured by Hawk

Just yesterday I blogged about the abundance of squirrels living on college campuses, who become so accustomed to the students that they lose all fear of humans, and end up becoming more like pets, or sometimes, nuisances.

A campus environment is so safe that even albino squirrels can thrive. Normally, these guys don’t last very long, since they are easy for predators to spot. But on a college campus, the hustle and bustle of humans everywhere prevents predators from swooping in and plucking away the genetic mutants.

Most of the time.

In this excellent, hilarious-yet-sad story from The Lantern, the reporter retells the final moments of Whitey, a beloved squirrel on the campus of Ohio State University. A red hawk flew down, caught and killed Whitey, and then preceded to eat him while a swarm of students watch, some even taking pictures. There’s a photo included, which really tells it all.