Picture of the rare Mexican Hairless dogs. It looks similar to
the picture of the Wampus Cat, especially the tail. But, the
face is definitely different.
A photograph of the Tyco Animal was sent to state
Perry Sumner, a biologist with the North Carolina
Wildlife Resources Commission, said it's likely a red fox
with a rare genetic condition known as Sampson, an
abnormality in which the animal lacks a layer of fur
called guard hair.
Without this thick outer coat for protection, the normally
nocturnal fox would be forced to hunt during the day
when it's warm and sleep under heated buildings at
In recent years, Sumner said, other Sampson foxes
have been spotted in urban areas around the state.
Colorado and Alaska have also had sightings.
Sumner saw his first Sampson fox about 20 years ago
after a trapper caught and killed one.
Sumner suspects the genetic disorder affects less than
one percent of the fox population.
A bizarre creature is haunting the workers at North Carolina's Tyco
Electronics campus, and they've got the amazing pictures and video to
prove it. Skeptics immediately dismissed the animal as a "fox
with mange" or a Mexican hairless dog known as the Xoloitzquintle, but
Tyco employees are having none of it. Witnesses describe the mystery
beast as much bigger than a fox or even the Mexican Hairless, a rare
breed that reaches a maximum height of just 23 inches and is usually
much smaller. And instead of a sickly, mangy fox, they say their beast is
"beautiful." The high-tech Tyco campus is a huge woodsy property
in Fuquay-Varina, 10 miles from downtown Raleigh. The Tyco Animal has
been spotted many times over the past two months as it strides through
the fields or creeps stealthily through the brush. "It's definitely a very
strange-looking thing," Tyco employee Jerri Durazo told the
News-Observer. Durazo has also photographed the critter. The North
Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has investigated the evidence
and ruled that the Tyco Animal is simply a "Sampson Fox." But the
Sampson Fox seems to be as mysterious as the Tyco Animal. There are
no photographs of this animal, also called the "Bastard Fox" by
old-timers. The Sampson Fox was little more than a legend way back
when Henry Thoreau was living on Walden Pond. Thoreau wrote in his
1855 journal: "Minott today enumerates the red, gray, black, and what he
calls the Sampson fox. He says, It's a sort of yaller fox, but their pelts ain't
good for much." He never saw one, but the hunters have told him of
them. Real or imagined, all reports say the Sampson Fox has hair. While
the long-necked, rat-tailed mystery beast may be sleek and beautiful, it
bears some resemblance to the dead "Chupacabras" found in Texas in
recent years. And some say the Tyco Animal is North Carolina's
mythological Wampus Cat. According to Indian legend and eyewitness
reports, the Wampus Cat is a tall feline creature that can walk upright like
a human and preys on livestock. In some stories, the Wampus Cat is a
lycanthrope that returns to its human form by day. Area witches have long
been accused of being Wampus Cats. The woods of North Carolina are
home to many unique beasts, including the rare American Red Wolf.
For more information on the Wampus Cat legend, check out this page