French Island's Cat-Fox May Be New Species

June 20, 2019

For generations, residents of of Corsica have told tales of a strange forest cat known as chat-renard, or cat-fox. Some of these peculiar animals were captured in 2016, and 16 more have now been located in remote areas of the French island. Scientists tell the AFP that the cat-foxes--which are bigger than a typical house cat, and have large, ringed tails and "highly developed" canine teeth--may even be an entirely new species that could have originated in Africa or the Middle East thousands of years ago.