Worcestershire Beast revealed . . . ?
Saturday – 2 nd July : Early yesterday morning whilst scanning the lagoon field from a vantage point high-up in Hoo Wood, I spotted a black animal lurking amongst the sorrel. Could this be the Worcestershire Beast? It was a black fox! Around 80% black, as far as I could tell through my binoculars, with a red chest: the rest black, apart from a white tip at the end of the tail. This fox is not a full-time resident of the north marsh; I would have seen it before now. Some of the foxes I see on the marsh are transient. Earlier in the year I photographed foxes with dark tinges to their coats, but it’s the common red variety that lives on the north marsh.
My camera images prove that the red foxes are working the north marsh day and night.
During Friday night, my remote camera snapped foxes and a badger, but not a black fox, in an area where I caught a side-way glance of the ‘so called’ Worcestershire Beast a week or two ago. I am not sure which animal I have wrongly tagged “The Worcestershire Beast,” or is it the Beast still out there? I think that the black fox is the most likely candidate, unless a further sighting or a photograph proves me wrong.
I wonder if it was the white stripes each side of the badger’s eyes had anything to do with the flashing eyes I saw – it was very gloomy amongst those trees – but badgers have such small, beady eyes, and they don’t have long tails to swing about: foxes do! If I had seen a large black cat, it wouldn’t be sitting in the north marsh eating Kit-e-kat from a bowl, would it? No, it would be ripping the throats out of muntjacs, and I haven’t seen any evidence of this. There is a safari park close by and if a large cat had escaped from there, it would have been mentioned in the local rag. No, it has got to be the black fox. Everything points to the black fox, but I will keep my eyes peeled – just in case . . .
I’ve just looked at my fox photographs, from the beginning of the year until now, and I didn’t find one showing a fox with its tail in the air . . . ?