Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Blonde Bandit



'White Fox' Isn't Really a Fox At All

The Dodo  By Solon Kelleher  Apr. 11, 2016

The animal below is not a fox.

 
While albino foxes are rare, they aren't unheard of. And although that's how most people would identify the animal below at a first glance, she's actually a completely different species.

Betty White, as she's been named by her caretakers, is in fact a blonde raccoon currently at Hope For Wildlife, a rescue and rehabilitation center in Nova Scotia.

 
Her dark eyes and nose mean that she's not a true albino, according Chelsea Pullen, a veterinary technician at Hope For Wildlife who was interviewed for a segment on CTV News. In the two-decade history of Hope For Wildlife, Betty White is only the second blonde raccoon the group has seen out of the thousands of animals to enter its doors annually.


Many of the animals who arrive at Hope For Wildlife have been injured by some form of human contact, but Betty White was simply brought to the center after a chicken owner became concerned that she would eat their chickens.


Pollen noted that there are more effective preventive measures to keep mammals away from your house than trapping them. "Play some really loud, bass rock music," she told CTV News with a grin. "If you can shine lights at them and play music, it's not a good place for them to raise babies, and they will actually move out."


As for all the animals who enter Hope For Wildlife, the goal is to get Betty White back into the wild. "She's healthy, so we're just going to wait a few more weeks until the weather gets warmer then she'll be able to go right back out," Pullen said.


Hope For Wildlife will relocate her to a location more suitable for a female raccoon, farther away from chickens and the humans who protect them.

Watch the full CTV News segment below.


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