Cross foxes, or melanistic foxes, once roamed all over North America. However, they are now all but extinct due to being highly sought after for their beautiful fur.
These rare foxes have a genetic condition that is the opposite of albinism. Their melanism causes their fur to be a gorgeous black. This can result in an all-black fox, or like the one in this video, where the fox is red with large streaks of black.
The dark colors give the cross fox a stunning appearance. The mix of red and black of the creature make it a true sight to behold.
In this video, a photographer was able to see one in the wild. The cross fox sits quietly and doesn’t run away or attempt to hide from the photographer.
These foxes are notoriously secretive. They enjoy spending their days in tall grasses and staying out of sight. Incredibly, this photographer got close enough to capture the short video.
In the past, many people hunted foxes and wore their fur. People wear furs as a fashion statement, a sign of economic status, and in ancient times, for its perceived magic.
Thankfully, with PETA and other animal rights campaigns, wearing real fur has gone out of fashion. Faux furs are in. People care more about the environment and the animals we share it with. Perhaps these rare foxes won’t always be rare.