It was about 7 pm on Tuesday June 22 2004. We were out for a walk on
the beach on Oak Island from the rental cottage at West Beach and 57th.
We saw people photographing this animal, waling and running through the
dunes. The animal ran up the beach a ways and stopped, apparently found
something interesting to eat. Another photographer and I got as close
as we could, taking pictures.
The animal has the face and ears of a red fox, but the tail does no
look right. It is possible that the fox had just swum across the
Intercoastal and the tail was matted into a smooth instead of
As I was approaching the animal, I thought of an article
that I had seen about a mystery animal seen near Asheboro. The other
photographer, who was from Greensboro, mentioned that article as well.
It probably is a red fox, looking bedraggled from swiming the
Intercoasta. Seeing it on a populated beach was a treat and the
highlight of our trip.
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