Mother Nature never ceases to amaze us with her amazing creations and this extraordinary fox is definitely one such creation. After interacting for a few months, the wildlife photographer named Sam Gaby managed to earn the trust of a fox living in Newfoundland. This creature stood out from the rest of his kind and Sam was able to share a special connection with the fox.
This connection enabled the photographer to capture gorgeous photographs of this unique fox in its natural habitat. The dark stripe on the red fur is due to a rare condition called melanism. These foxes are also referred to as cross foxes. You can easily come across cross foxes if you are a resident of North America. They are a common sight there.
Melanism takes place due to the skin’s black pigmentation. Around 30% of the Canadian red fox population consists of these cross foxes and they are definitely a sight worth seeing. Cross foxes possess a larger tail and differently colored fur in comparison to red foxes.
Sam had to put in so much effort to gain the fox’s trust. “I was trying to assure him that I was not a threat,” expressed Sam.
The resolute photographer had no intention of giving up and visited the fox at sunset. In the end, his efforts paid off. After getting used to Sam, the fox felt relaxed around him and his camera. Two months passed by and Sam made a few visits to check on his new buddy. These visits were informative because the photographer learned so much more about the fox each and every day.
Usually animals with melanism have completely black fur, but in the case of this fox, things were much different. The melanistic fox’s sibling can also be observed in the photographs, playing along and spending time together. Sam kept close watch as this fox hunted, hid, retrieved food, and socialized with the others of his kind. In eyes of Sam, this creature was beautiful, intelligent, and also playful. One look at the pictures and you will surely agree with him.