It’s the stuff of legends, a bit of history was made in Connecticut over the weekend! A rare, never before seen golden raccoon was spotted and pictured in Bethel.

Sherri Hill, who works at Western Connecticut State University snapped a photo of the rare critter and sent it to her co-workers for confirmation that her eyes weren’t actually deceiving her.

It’s all due to a mutation called leucism. Don’t even try to pronounce that word. I can’t do it. A DEEP official was quoted as saying

“Although rare, leucism has been reported in CT in a variety of animals, such as squirrels, turkey vultures, snakes, songbirds, waterfowl, and, in a few occasions, red-tailed hawks — and now a raccoon!” the official wrote. “Very interesting.”

Very interesting indeed.

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