White squirrels are taking over this town

Olney, Illinois boasts a large population of albino grey squirrels – more than anywhere else in the world.

Olney, Illinois is just like any other small town in the Midwest – except for its large population of albino grey squirrels. These rare and adorable critters have made their home here for reasons largely unknown.

Whether a special breeding pair released into the wild is the cause of their booming population or not, they’re here to stay. The locals take great pride in their special squirrel friends.

Protecting the albino squirrel population is the focus of much of the town’s effort. White squirrels have crossing points on all city streets, and harassing a white squirrel could get you a hefty fine. We’re not sure how you would harass a squirrel, but be on your best behavior!

Locals have even taken to rescuing and rehabilitating wild white squirrels to help boost their numbers. With only 88 albino squirrels roaming the town streets, they must do their best to protect their local mascot.

The locals of Olney print white squirrel memorabilia, including t-shirts, socks, and more. If you’re ever in the area, stop by Olney to catch a glimpse of their rare white squirrels.

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