A dad got the shock of his life when he spotted what looked like a black wolf in his London garden, and is worried it's a "sign of misfortune".
Feroz, 38, is used to seeing kestrels, parakeets and three-legged cats roam around his Isleworth home, but was shocked to see a "massive" canine-like animal on his patio.
It was only after he saw the dark creature mate with an orange fox that he realised they were of the same species. The furry couple have since had a black cub, who also likes to play in the garden.
Feroz told MyLondon: "It looked like a jet black wolf when I first saw it – I said 'bloody hell this is massive'.
"I saw him mating with a fox, and thought dogs and foxes don't mate.
"On closer inspection, when he came up to the patio doors I realised what he was."
The black animals are a type of North American red fox with a particular genetic mutation that makes their fur silver-black.
While one about 0.1% of the UK's fox population has the mutation, there's been a rise in sightings in London in the last five years according to campaign group Black Foxes UK.
After doing his own research Feroz learned that a black fox is thought to bring bad luck.
Fox wags tail and squeaks when rescuer comes home and snuggles up on her bed
"I googled what it means when you see one and it meant to be a sign of misfortune," he joked, seemingly unworried.
"My garden is like a Disney film, we get kestrel, parakeets, seagulls, three-legged cats, one-eyed cats, there is a lot going on.
"I think they like the garden as it seems like a safe environment with lots of places to hide – there is an abandoned shed at the back as well".
The secondary school cover teacher said he enjoys watching the little multicoloured family frolic in the garden, although at times they can be noisy.
"At night you hear the baby one crying for the dad and you see them running between the neighbour's garden," he added.
"The female and male also like to mate, we have a view videos of that.
"We have always had foxes but it was great to see such a rare one".
When he isn't looking out the window, the supply teacher presents an online show where family members take part in karaoke duets and talk about relationships and mental health issues.
He added: "My stream is an inclusive environment which has attracted a large audience from around the world.
"People with talents perform in my guest box and we have discussions about relationships and mental health awareness.
"My stream has given its viewers a safe place to express their identity and grow in confidence in many social aspects".
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