[Ed. – That’s racist!]
When Punxsutawney Phil waddles out Saturday to glory in Groundhog Day, the mountain town of Brevard will summon its own harbinger of spring: A squirrel. A white squirrel.
Pisgah Pete is among the hundreds of white squirrels that call Brevard home. The town hasn’t let that go unnoticed, hosting the White Squirrel Festival, the White Squirrel Shoppe and a White Squirrel page on the website of Heart of Brevard, a downtown revitalization program.
“They’re darned cute, and people are fascinated by them,” said Katy Rosenberg, director of the, yep, White Squirrel Institute. “I’m always amazed at how many visitors ask about where to find the white squirrels.”
The answer is, just about everywhere you look, from the Brevard College campus to Rosenberg’s backyard. Forty percent of all squirrels in Brevard were white, according to the last full count in 2011.
Pisgah Pete will star at Saturday morning’s White Squirrel Day in downtown Brevard, where he will forecast both whether there will be six more weeks of winter and the Super Bowl winner. Pete has picked the NFL champion for four years in a row, his handlers say.