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Missing White Plains Fennec Fox May Have Been Spotted In Harrison

A recent photo of Luna, the missing fennec fox from White Plains.
A recent photo of Luna, the missing fennec fox from White Plains. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Luna's owners have posted flyers throughout the Highland Hills neighborhood where Luna scurried off a week ago..
Luna's owners have posted flyers throughout the Highland Hills neighborhood where Luna scurried off a week ago.. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The 9-month-old fennec fox named Luna who ran away from home on March 30 may have been spotted in Harrison, her owner said Monday.

It''s been one week since the exotic pet scooted off from her Longview Avenue home in White Plains.

Her owner, Jody Lee, said Luna is very shy, and very, very fast, so unlikely to be caught by humans. "She's incredibly fast,'' Lee said. "No one is going to catch her."

So Lee suggests people call 914-434-3478 if they think they see Luna, who may hide in a bush "and any place a nervous animal would hide. Don't try to catch or chase her."

Was it the full moon or onset of spring that inspired the desert fox's escape? Lee said it's anybody's guess, but that the fox is smart about finding food. "I think she's pretty hearty,'' Lee said.

Luna is sandy-colored with large ears and resembles a dog or small coyote. There is a touch of black coloring on the tip of her long, tan tail. The fox is bred to stay in the house, Lee said, but has been walked on a leash and harness.

"I think she's nearby," Lee said. "It's hard to believe she'd cross 287."

But that is what one caller thinks, saying he saw an animal matching Luna's description on Anderson Hill Road in Purchase in the Town of Harrison. "I just can't believe it,'' Lee said. "I don't think she would cross 287."

Luna was first spotted last week, not far from her home, near Highlands Middle School.

Lee said her 16-year-old daughter is extremely upset by the loss of their pet.

Fennec foxes are typically found in the Sahara Desert in Northern Africa. The species was first bred in the United States as an exotic pet in the 1970s.

They are the smallest fox species, weighing less than four pounds. The fennec's unusually large ears help dissipate heat, and help it hear prey underground. It eats insects, small mammals and birds.

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