Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Rat-Tail

Fairfax County has the famous fox that we all call "White Legs" (see previous post on White Legs here: A Friend of White Legs" but what famous fox does Loudoun County have?

The answer:  Loudoun County is home to a red fox that we'll call "Rat-Tail".

Rat-Tail is a unique red fox with a tail that is not bushy at all.  It is unknown why this fox looks like this.  It could be mange, disease, parasites, genetics, injury, or self-inflicted, we just don't know yet.

Rat-Tail first appeared on camera-trap images last year, then went A.W.O.L. for months, until now.  Rat-Tail could be a male or a female, there's no telling yet.

This fox could have a mate, since we have seen it romping around with another red fox lately.  It came across this camera in the daytime, just trotting by in a very canine-like fashion with its nose down.  It didn't stop at all by the camera, and continued on quickly.



3 comments:

  1. I saw a black squirrel outside my apartment in Arlington on Friday. How can I contact you to tell you where?
    David

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    1. David, thanks for the comment and the blog visit. Shoot me an email to balikbrian@gmail.com. Black squirrels that are in Loudoun have been hiding from my cameras for months now. I see them all the time but so tricky to get on trail-cams for some reason. Keep in touch.

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