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White squirrel death goes global

St Martin's Church white squirrel
Abli, Snowy or Percy lived in a churchyard off Dorking High Street

Residents in a Surrey town have expressed their amazement at the global response to the death of an albino squirrel in a road accident.

The squirrel, known as Albi, Percy or Snowy by different animal lovers in Dorking, was run over in October.

A shrine was set up in his honour at St Martin's Churchyard, where he lived, and press and TV covered the story.

"It is amazing. We have had e-mails from all over the world," said Rick Parish, chamber of commerce president.

The squirrel had lived in the churchyard off Dorking High Street for five years and was a favourite with local children and wildlife lovers.

Squirrel offered

In the United States, Fox News covered Albi's death, with anchorman Shepard Smith describing the "recent tragedy in the small town of Dorking, England".

"The Chamber of Commerce in Olney, Illinois offered to ship a squirrel across to us," said Mr Parish.

"Apparently they have 200 albino squirrels living there."

A pub in Dorking has been selling squirrel memorial shopping bags and mugs and councillors have discussed erecting a statue.

Mr Parish said the town already had a cockerel as an emblem.

"Now it sounds as though we could end up with a white squirrel instead," he said.

"It is a fantastic bit of fun and has really pulled everybody together.

"It has taken everybody by surprise how much Albi caught everyone's imagination."

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