Rare black fox spotted in Cambridgeshire

A black fox in Bassingbourn
The black fox was spotted in Bassingbourn Photo: John Moore

Anglia viewer John Moore spotted the black fox in the village of Bassingbourn near Royston.

A black fox in Bassingbourn
A black fox in Bassingbourn Credit: John Moore

Black foxes are in fact red foxes which have black fur due to a genetic flaw. The phenomenon is sometimes seen in fox cubs, but usually their coat will turn a chestnut colour as they grow.

In Gaelic tradition the black fox is thought to bring bad luck to those who see it.

A black fox in Bassingbourn
A black fox in Bassingbourn Credit: John Moore