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China: Around The Nation

Furry visitors find plenty of friends on China’s social media

White foxes seen at Hangzhou high school and Guangzhou university are a hit online

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 April, 2017, 3:18pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 April, 2017, 3:18pm

Internet users in China spotted the slyest of creatures slinking around school campuses in both Hangzhou and Guangdong yesterday.

Images and video appeared on Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo showing a fox with snow-white fur near the grounds of Hangzhou Xiaoshan No 11 High School, and another traipsing across the Guangdong University of Finance and Economics campus in Sanshui.

At the Hangzhou school, a physical education teacher surnamed Xuan initially discovered the fox in the school’s field last Saturday morning.

“The animal’s head was not very big, around the size of a dog’s, and it had a narrow snout and long bushy tail,” Xuan recounted to mainland media. “I walked over slowly, but it didn’t run away, it just made a sound. It was staring at me intensely.”

When several people approached the fox, it bolted.

The schools’ director, Li Hang, told reporters there were often stray cats and dogs near the school, but that this was the first time a fox had been seen.

Some linked the fox’s appearance to the hit Chinese television drama Eternal Love depicting a romance between the daughter of the Fox King and a prince. In a twist of fate, one of the high school’s teachers had the same name as the prince – Ye Hua – so people joked that the fox was there to find him.

Meanwhile, at the Guangzhou university campus, a similarly white-furred fox played with students, with photos even showing it nuzzling a plastic water bottle.

In reaction to photos of the fox online, some expressed concern about the creature’s condition, with one writing: “What to do, what to do? It looks as if it was injured; its face is showing fear and fatigue.”

Another internet user wrote: “The little fox is so cute. Just don’t know if some bad person will try to take it away.”