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A red fox, or Vulpes vulpes; apparently (I learned from a quick Wikipedia) there's some argument over whether northern Maine's foxes deserve to be recognized as a distinctive subspecies, Vulpes vulpes rubricosa, or are part of the larger community of New England red foxes, Vulpes vulpes fulva. This sort of disagreement makes me feel good about humanity. (Of course, as anyone from north of Augusta knows, V. v. rubricosa is *clearly* a distinctive subspecies. No question about it.) With the snows melting and temperature rising, this little fellow has been quite actively lately. His name is Lafayette; some people say nature shouldn't be anthropomorphized, but I think that's silly.
I'd like to know: why the white-tipped tail?