Exotic fox slips from suburban White Plains home; owners 'heartbroken'

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Saturday, April 4, 2015
Photo of an 8-week old fennec fox in the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv, Israel

WHITE PLAINS -- Residents of a suburban New York community are being asked to keep their eyes out for an unusual sight: a tiny, desert fox that escaped from a family's home.

Luna is fennec fox, a species found in the Sahara and Northern Africa.

Jody Lee tells the Journal News that 3-pound, 9-month-old Luna slipped out of her harness and darted off on Monday. The Lees have put up fliers around their White Plains neighborhood seeking information about Luna's whereabouts.

Fennec foxes are the world's smallest fox species. They have sandy-colored coats and very big ears.

Lee's 15-year-old daughter cared for one at a summer camp for youngsters interested in becoming veterinarians. The family then got Luna from a California breeder.

Lee says her daughter is heartbroken over Luna's disappearance.