ADDED: If the flower didn't lift your spirits enough, gaze upon this:
Happy now? To take the edge off that happiness:
"The poor little guy stuck out like a sore thumb," [said T.J. Zambrano, 25, president of University of North Texas's Albino Squirrel Preservation Society].What? So he can stick out like a sore thumb like the other two? But why not? Sometimes Mother Nature does the hawks a favor and serves up an easy lunch.
Students will reminisce at a service at noon today near the Student Union Building, the squirrel's favorite scampering spot, university officials said.
"Some students saw the hawk and tried to shoo it away, but it was too late," Zambrano said. "Some animal control people took the body away.
"The squirrel wasn't shy, and people constantly fed him. He had a good life."
This is the second albino squirrel that has lived on campus, he said. The first, Thelonius, inspired the founding of the preservation society in 2002 and vanished in 2003.
"We can only hope Mother Nature will bring us another albino squirrel," Zambrano said.