If you visit the Little Children's Park in Downtown Ocean Springs you might get a glimpse of the "Albino Squirrel", but it is actually a rare white morph of the eastern grey squirrel.
This rare white morph of the eastern grey squirrel has black & blue eyes and has a mix of white and grey coat. Similar to albino squirrels, white eastern grey squirrels owe their unique coat color to their genes. But, unlike albino squirrels who have a mutation on the gene coding for pigmentation, western grey squirrels actually have a gene that codes for a white coat! Despite having this 'white coat' gene, it still only occurs very rarely because being so brightly colored makes a squirrel less able to blend in amongst the trees and thus more visible to predators.