Two snippets about foxes caught my eye in recent days.
The first was this outstanding photograph of a melanistic red fox, found on Gab. Click the image for a larger view.
Isn't that lovely fur? I wasn't aware that melanism occurred in foxes, but on investigation, it seems the Arctic silver fox also has a melanistic branch. See here for some lovely photographs of that sub-species. Here's one example from that report.
Also, a fox in Berlin, Germany has been in the news for its taste (?) in shoes. The BBC reports:
A fox in a leafy suburb of Berlin has been getting into the spirit of summer - by collecting flip flops.
For weeks residents of Zehlendorf were baffled that a thief was stealing their flip flops and sports shoes from their gardens at night.
Finally a man spotted the culprit on a patch of wasteland, "in flagrante, carrying two blue flip flops in its mouth", the daily Tagesspiegel reports.
The fox had a hoard of over 100 shoes, but not the man's missing running shoe.
There's more at the link.
A fox collecting Crocs? That seems . . . unnatural, somehow!