When it comes to stunning and breathtaking views, wildlife never ceases to amaze. And this majestic fox is definitely one of Mother Nature’s most fascinating things. Due to a rare condition, the characteristic red fur comes with dark stripes, making these creatures a sight not to be missed!
The majestic creature, also known as the cross fox, has unique characteristics due to a rare condition called melanism. Unlike albinism, which is a lack of skin pigmentation, melanism is caused by black skin pigmentation. And while most animals in this rare condition have a black coat, in this particular situation is slightly different. Maybe that’s why they are even more attractive.
Cross foxes are very hard to find today, but in the past, things looked completely different. According to wildlife experts, this majestic creature once roamed North America in great numbers. Unfortunately, they were almost extinct in the early 20th century due to the high demand for fur.
The cross fox has a lot in common with the red fox. In fact, they have a larger tail and, of course, a different colored fur. They get their name from the long, dark stripes that run along the back and intersect with other stripes to form a cross on the shoulders.
“The first meeting was calculated and I focused on not disturbing this wild animal,” said photographer Sam Gaby, who met this unique animal in Newfoundland, Canada. “But at the same time I tried to reassure him that I wasn’t a threat.”
“He wasn’t sure about my presence, every cautious step forward was taken two steps back, and our first meeting didn’t last long,” Gaby said. “I moved slowly, but the moment I got my camera ready and fixed my eyes on him, he ran away.”
You can watch the rare melanistic fox, bellow: