Lucky, 2019

The newest Lucky the Squirrel peers down in a 2019 photo. The University of North Texas has had a succession of albino fox squirrels who — according to local lore — bring good luck to students.

Editor's note: This story originally published Feb. 5, 2021.

Over at least the past three decades, Lucky the Squirrel has become a legend for the University of North Texas in much the same way Lassie was for TV.


Lucky the Albino Squirrel and Scrappy the Eagle dance during a Mean Green game in 2019 at Apogee Stadium.

2004 squirrel

An albino squirrel pauses for a photo on the UNT campus in 2004. Over the years, it’s likely students have been observing generation after generation of albino fox squirrels.

Lucky taxidermy

University of North Texas’ famous albino squirrel Lucky is on display in the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building. This Lucky was fatally struck by a car in 2016 and was later professionally mounted by a taxidermist.

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

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