Black Fox

Black Fox

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I did not see the black fox
trot across our field into the copse,
put up a riot of rooks and steal their prey,
carry it out to devour in the light of day,
but from his bedroom window
our neighbour did, and told the tale.

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This stone is a bit of a cheat as I didn’t see it and have never seen a black fox. Research tells me that black foxes are extremely rare in the UK, though less so I believe in the USA (where I think this photo was taken). Our no-longer-young neighbour lives in a cottage overlooking our field and has been a countryman all his life so I have no reason to doubt the truth of what he says he saw. The black fox is in fact a red fox going through a phase where its colouring is particularly dark. This is occasionally seen on growing cubs before the fox develops its dark chestnut coat. A few, however, remain black due to a rare genetic flaw. In the past in this country their pelts were much sought after causing the genetic strain to become even more rare.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. julespaige
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 12:39:37

    A few years back in winter I did see a fox – though hard to tell the color – trodding through the snow cover back yard of my suburban home!
    Oh – not a cheat if it is something you paid attention too in anyway! You listened to the tale!

    Reply

  2. Freya Pickard
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 14:54:38

    I like the epic feel of this one

    Reply

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