A mysterious animal was spotted by many people in the town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. For two months off and on, people would report this strange-looking animal. Because the animal had no fur, some thought that it was a chupacabra. Others thought it was an ill dog or a coyote. But all of those guesses were wrong.
Missy Dubuisson, the founder and director of Wild At Heart Rescue saw a photo of the animal and knew right away what she was. She also knew that the animal would not harm anyone.
The Mystery As To The Animals Identity Was Solved
“I told them, ‘Y’all, this is not a chupacabra. This is a fox with no fur,’” Dubuisson explained. “But you don’t see animals without fur here or anywhere, and if they do, they usually have a problem — an autoimmune disease or some type of skin issue.”
Dubuisson realized that the fox had demodectic mange caused by mites. “In stressful conditions or heat or when they become mature, these mites can just take over the fox’s body and cause an autoimmune response,” Dubuisson said.
The decision was made to try to catch the fox so that she could be treated for mange. The attempt to trap her was a success. “She was scared at first and very shy,” Dubuisson said. “But now she realizes that she’s getting her food, she’s getting her strength back and she knows we’re not gonna hurt her. They tend to trust you a little bit, but we never let them lose that wildness.”
Once the Fox Regrows Her Hair She Will Be Returned To The Wild
“We would like to release her back in the same area because it’s her familiar territory,” Dubuisson said. “There’s a lot of foxes in that area — it’s by a harbor where they eat fish or birds, so her diet would be good there — as long as she’s strong enough to hunt.”