Not so fantastic SILVER Fox: A rare gray predator found itself in a suburban garden

Not so fantastic SILVER Fox: A rare gray predator found itself in a suburban garden

A rare silver fox spotted in a Cheshire garden has been safely rescued by the RSPCA.

The impressive gray predator was discovered in a suburban garden and scared the unsuspecting homeowner.

For the animal with the nickname "Shadow" a temporary home was found. They say he's the only silver fox they've seen in 25 years.

According to medieval folklore, the monochrome animal is a harbinger of doom for those who see it.

The RSPCA says the unique animal is in good health and they are now trying to reunite with its owners.

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The stunning gray predator Shadow (pictured) was spotted in a suburban garden, terrifying the unsuspecting homeowner. According to medieval folklore, the monochrome animal is a harbinger for those who see it

The stunning gray predator Shadow (pictured) was spotted in a suburban garden, terrifying the unsuspecting homeowner. According to medieval folklore, the monochrome animal is a harbinger for those who see it

The stunning gray predator Shadow (pictured) was spotted in a suburban garden, terrifying the unsuspecting homeowner. According to medieval folklore, the monochrome animal is a harbinger for those who see it

The fearsome looking animal was nicknamed by its captors after a successful and peaceful capture.

They claim that Shadow is in good health, only slightly overweight.

A former RSPCA inspector lived near the first sighting and safely captured the animal with special equipment.

He was then transferred to the Charley's Stapeley Grange Wildlife Center near Nantwich.

Amanda Lovett, who worked for the charity before founding Alsager's Matter Moggies Boarding, said, "I've been alerted to a post on a local Facebook group, and it seems the fox has the most of the Day in the garden.

"This was one of the biggest nights for firecrackers on Saturday, and we knew we needed to get the fox to safety.

"I managed to catch the fox safely with a claw and put it in a cat crate before bringing it to Stapeley Grange, who later stayed open so he could be admitted.

"He was very calm and seemed to be tame."

After a successful and peaceful capture, the frightening-looking pet has been given its name by its captors. "Shadow" is in good health, only slightly overweight, and the charity is now trying to reunite the majestic predator with its owners

After a successful and peaceful capture, the frightening-looking pet has been given its name by its captors. "Shadow" is in good health, only slightly overweight, and the charity is now trying to reunite the majestic predator with its owners

After a successful and peaceful capture, the frightening-looking pet has been given its name by its captors. "Shadow" is in good health, only slightly overweight, and the charity is now trying to reunite the majestic predator with its owners

Shadow (pictured here in the Cheshire Garden) is not equipped with a microchip and got its name because of its deep black fur with striking silver

Shadow (pictured here in the Cheshire Garden) is not equipped with a microchip and got its name because of its deep black fur with striking silver

Shadow (pictured here in the Cheshire Garden) is not equipped with a microchip and got its name because of its deep black fur with striking silver

The fox is not equipped with a microchip and was called Shadow because of its black fur with striking silver.

Lee Stewart, manager of Stapeley Grange, said, "It is likely that Shadow was kept as a pet and he either escaped. In this case we have to find his owners or he has been dumped by his owners.

"He was checked by our team of veterinarians and was in good health, just a little overweight. He eats well and seems to be good.

"He's the first silver fox we've had here in Stapeley Grange for nearly 25 years. He is an impressive-looking animal, and it was interesting for all of us to have such a rare shot. "

If no owner can be found, Shadow is discussed with a specialist, says the RSPCA.

Silver foxes are the same species as the red foxes that we live wild in the UK, but with different coloration.

Silver foxes are bred for their fur, but are now sometimes considered "pets".

WHAT ARE SILVERFORKS?

Silver foxes are the same species (Vulpes vulpes) as the red fox living in the UK.

They are exactly the same, except for their different coloring.

Silver foxes are bred for their fur, but are now sometimes considered "pets".

The weight and length of these foxes can vary greatly depending on the geographical location.

As an adult, they weigh on average 11 to 15 pounds (5 to 7 kilograms), their length from head to tail can be up to 1 meter.

Foxes are wild animals with very specific needs that do not differ from wild foxes, and they require expert treatment. Even the most experienced fox experts had difficulty keeping pets successful

Foxes are wild animals with very specific needs that do not differ from wild foxes, and they require expert treatment. Even the most experienced fox experts had difficulty keeping pets successful

Foxes are wild animals with very specific needs that do not differ from wild foxes, and they require expert treatment. Even the most experienced fox experts had difficulty keeping pets successful

The RSPCA recommends anyone who asks a pet to research the animal's specific needs before making a decision.

Exotic pets can live long, grow up and have to be taken to the vet if they get sick, which can be expensive.

Foxes are wild animals with very specific needs that do not differ from wild foxes, and they require expert treatment.

Even the most experienced fox experts had difficulty keeping pets successful. The RSPCA does not recommend or tolerate foxes as pets.

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