My life is about living with nature – here you can live it with me!

Its not my fault that I am a mutant!

I have some sad news to report. Around 6pm park staff knocked on my door to let me know that our good friend “marshmallow” had been hit by a vehicle.  Supposedly, a dog scared marshmallow into the road as the vehicle was passing by and very quickly it was over. 


mamma and the kidsMarshmallow eating dandelions, hmmm good!


Marshmallow was first observed on the 15th of June in the Red House Picnic Area with mom and three brown siblings.  Being raised in the picnic area, marshmallow would let you get quite close to observe and very unlike I would expect any true albino animal.

Marshmallow RIPMarshmallow on the Bridge

This kind albino woodchuck did frequent the road as many passers would try and take its picture!  It truly was the talk of the area.  By mid July, this bold male left mom’s territory as any young woodchuck should do.  Marshmallow moved down the road along the bikepath near the Red House Dam overspill.  It was this area which its last days were lived. It even made the Olean Times Herald News Paper just days before this incident.  




Rest in peace my white (always dirty) friend!!

3 responses

  1. Poor Marshmallow. 😦 It must have been fun to watch her while she was around – she’s actually kind of pretty.
    My friend has a white squirrel living at his house – what makes an animal an albino besides the white fur? The eyes? I asked him to get his bins out to check out the eyes. Anything else? He’s capturing photos for me.

    5 January 2007 at 11:46 am

  2. It was very sad thing! Although Marshmallow was a male, he was fun to come across every day. To make it a true albino it does need all fur to be white with the pink eyes! Our buddy here was all white but was always dirty from digging underground. BTW: Was that the Albino Squirrel that I saw on Ch. 2 news?

    5 January 2007 at 5:38 pm

  3. Cynthia Serra

    I have seen an albino woodchuck in the mountains of NC in Maggie Valley. Has anyone else seen it?

    5 March 2011 at 6:44 pm

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