WETMORE, Colo. (CBS4): Colorado Parks and Wildlife caught two red fox pups raiding chicken coops in Cañon City — but one of them wasn’t red.
“As you can see, red fox are not always red,” CPW officials tweeted. “Genetic variations can produce four color phases: red, cross, silver and black. Red is most common with all other phases being fairly rare.”READ MORE: Colorado Gets First Excessive Heat Warning On Record With Highs Set To Near 110 Degrees
“But all red fox have a white-tipped tail.”
The pups were taken to Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation in Wetmore.READ MORE: Speed Flier Rescued From Summit County Mountain As Rescue Calls Continue To Climb
They will be taught to fear and avoid humans with the goal of releasing them back into the wild.
“WATCH these red fox cower, run and hide when approached by humans at Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation in Wetmore,” officials wrote. “Red fox generally are gentle but should never be approached by people or pets.”
Officials warned that red foxes can carry rabies — and often die of rabies, mange and canine distemper.MORE NEWS: 2 Year Old In Denver Amber Alert Found Safely
To learn more about red foxes, go to the CPW website.