The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale has a new resident. He's a gray fox, but he's a lot different than the others there.
This is Simon, a gray fox from South Carolina and he is hairless.
The conservation center says they're not sure why he has no hair but he has already garnered a lot of fans.
"Most people look at him and are like, what is that a chupacabra? We don't know what that is," says Kim Carr of SWCC.
Out of all the gray foxes at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale, Simon here steals the show.
"He has some sort of condition that prevents him from growing any hair."
They're not sure why Simon is bald, but believe it could be a nutritional deficiency. His look is pretty interesting -- but the story of how ended up calling Arizona home is just as interesting.
Simon was found in South Carolina looking for food. They believe his mother died.
"The man thought it was a puppy, a hairless puppy and ended up getting his neighbor to come over and check it out and she realized it was a fox and got it to a rehab facility."
That South Carolina rehab facility couldn't keep him, so that's when the folks at Southwest Wildlife decided to start the process to get him here.
"The clock was ticking. We had a couple of weeks to get him to get him to fly our here so we actually posted it on our Facebook and all of our Facebook followers chipped in to cover his flight as well as to care for him while he stays here," says Carr.
Now, for the rest of his life, Simon will call Arizona and the sanctuary home.
"We've all fallen in love with him so we're glad Simon made it out here from South Carolina."
The good news -- the fox seems to be growing some hair out.
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