I had been reading about the white squirrels of Olney, Illinois for a while now and finally made a trip out to see them for myself on Saturday. Several other towns in the US proudly proclaim their resident white squirrels, but none seem to advertise the fact as aggressively as Olney. In fact, the masthead on the town’s official website includes a little circular logo with a white squirrel’s head and the slogan “Home of the White Squirrels.” The same slogan is seen on the sign that welcomes you to town. And on the side of police cars. And on bumper stickers in shop windows. And on signage all over the city park. At first I was skeptical of the hype as I could only find the regular gray guys — but then I finally saw a white one foraging in a resident’s front yard in all its colorless glory. I would eventually see six or so more before leaving town the next morning. I was surprised at how skittish the squirrels were, making it difficult to get shots, but then again maybe that’s because I live in New York where in Union Square they’ll gladly crawl onto your lap if you let them. After hanging around for long enough under a tree in Olney’s City Park, I got the squirrel in these two photos to feel comfortable enough to go about his business while I went about mine. He would repeatedly come down to the ground to grab an acorn before running back up the tree to eat it. There are about 200 white squirrels in Olney — actually albino variants of the common gray squirrel.