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Little Black Fox

A Little Black Fox or Blackie.

The Little Black Fox, also called the Blackie or Cleanóiril, is a vulpine endemic to the Free Lands, usually seen as a pest in the cities, although they do have a cult-following, especially amongst the followers of Abhcan, who is known as the Goddess of Foxes, who is said to, occassionally, take on the form of a 'Larger Black Fox'.

Characteristics

The Little Black Fox is a small vulpine with coarse, grey fur on the majority of its body, with a thick ruff of black fur around the neck and a thick, brushy tail of grey. Adult specimens bred in captivity reach a height of 0.7 metres at the crown on average, with wild examples being around 0.5 metres. Another characteristic is the tuft of grey-red fur on the head, between the large ears, the clear, blue eyes and red eyebrows, with two whisker-like furs sticking out. Their mouths are usually described as always-grinning. These whiskers-like appendages are without functions, but it is presumed, that it is a evolutionary remain.

Around Spring, one can often hear a tittering, which was seen as a mating-call, but the fact, that a similar sound is emitted all year long has given rise to the theory, that it, combined with growling sounds and other observations, is a sort-of 'language'. Character-wise, the Blackie is usually described as very playful and tricky, but also intelligent. Examples, which were bred and raised in captivity, can be trained quite effectively, but that requires a very strict and steady hand. 

Although Blackies definately prefer a meat-based diet, they are known to also eat fish, plants, grasses and insects, making them omnivores. They are prone to scavanging, with some specimens being observed to have small hoards or caches of food.

Health

Blackies 

History

Since around 450, there are records of Blackies adapting to Urban Life, first in towns and villages close to the Great Woods, the first reliable account being dated to 453 from Bodmin.

Notable Specimens

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