AN EXTREMELY rare silver fox is being looked after by the RSPCA after it was spotted in a UK garden.
The unique animal was roaming around a suburban garden in Alsager, Cheshire and startled the unsuspecting homeowner.
The unique animal was roaming around a suburban garden in Alsager, Cheshire[/caption]
The animal is currently in a temporary home and has been nicknamed “Shadow”.
RSPCA claim this is the only silver fox they’ve seen in 25 years.
According to superstitious medieval folklore, the monochrome animal is a harbinger of doom to all who see it.
The rare animal is in good health and will soon be reunited with his owners.
RSPCA claim this is the only silver fox they’ve seen in 25 years[/caption]
Former RSPCA inspector Amanda Lovett, who now runs Mere Moggies Boarding, helped to capture the animal, which was then taken to the charity’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in nearby Nantwich.
She said: “I was alerted to a post on a local Facebook group and it would seem the fox had been in the garden for most of the day.
“This was on Saturday, one of the biggest nights for fireworks, and we knew we had to get the fox to safety.”
She added: “I managed to safely catch the fox with a grasper and put him in a cat box before taking him to Stapeley Grange, who kindly stayed open later so he could be admitted.
The animal is currently in a temporary home and has been nicknamed ‘Shadow’[/caption]
“He was very quiet and seemed tame.”
If no owner can be traced the charity will attempt to place Shadow, who was not microchipped, with a specialist owner.
Manager of Stapeley Grange Lee Stewart said: “It is likely that Shadow has been kept as a pet and he has either escaped, in which case we need to find his owners, or he has been dumped by his owners.
“He was checked over by our team of vets and was found to be in good health, just a little overweight. He is eating fine and seems to be doing well.”
What are silver foxes?
- Silver foxes are the same species as red foxes living wild in the UK.
- Silver and red foxes have different colouration.
- Silver foxes are now sometimes kept as pets in homes.
- They feast on both meat and plant foods.
- On average, as adults they weigh 5 to 7 kilograms.
- Their length from head to tail can reach up to 1 metre long.
- Silver fox’s mating season varies greatly, depending on their wide geographical range.
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He added: “He is the first silver fox we have ever had here at Stapeley Grange, in nearly 25 years we have been open.
“He is an impressive-looking animal and it has been interesting to us all to have such a rare admission.”
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