Animal Facts: The Rare Black Fox

An Informative article that details the demise of the genetic strain of the rare black fox in Great Britain.-

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~ The Rare Black Fox ~

The fox is a beautiful and sleek creature and at this present point in time, the rarity of the black fox is causing deep concern. There was a time not so long ago when the black fox, as the red fox, was a common sight to be found wandering about the British Isles.

But over the years the dwindling numbers of the black fox are mainly due to the capturing and skinning of the creature to create glossy fur coats from their pelts; with fox hunting being another major factor; rendering this beautiful animal very much in danger of becoming extinct. From their extremely scarce sightings, we are led to believe from wildlife experts that there are only a handful of the black varieties of the fox now to be found inhabiting Great Britain.

Sightings of the black fox are extremely rare and very few and far between. In North America, one in five red foxes are black, because they were introduced from Europe, and the reason they retain their numbers is because they have not been hunted down for their pelts for the making of fur coats to the fur trade. Thus keeping the genetic strain safe and sound.

The fox is a member of the canid family, which is akin to coyotes, jackals and wolves. They are, however, very much a separate animal which has their own genetic group. They are basically carnivores, but they do also eat berries and grains. Characteristics of a fox are an extended slim body with long legs, a long snout and a thick and long, fluffy, brush tail. The fox is a swift and agile runner and can reach a speed of 30 mph. Their eyes are small and bright and their ears are alert and triangular. The animal appears inquisitive and is of a stealthy and agile constitution.

The cries from the fox are barking, and an almost scream like howl, and a sound which sounds bird like. Some say a bit like a bab crying. To hear a fox in the dead of night can be quite alarming as they do omit a noise which sounds very like a scream for help.

The black fox is considered unlucky, and like most black creatures is deemed to be a bad omen. This originates way back from the black dog which was said to bring disaster and doom to whoever saw it. Superstitions date back to medieval times when the villages were very

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