A fun mini tangent to my usual. I love drawing fake realistic animals. This was inspired by a red fox, cheetah, ring-tailed mongoose, and wolverine in color and some shape. This is the result.
Species: the Mud-Straw Savannah Fox (Vulpes africanus)
This species of fox is heavier than its red fox counterpart. However, this is due to its unique niche in the Savannah. Because of its bage back and face fur, it can act as an ambush predator, blending into the grass with its long, coarse mane fur. However, its muddy red and brown leg and belly fur, however serves to act as camoflauge around watering holes. With the long coarse fur on its legs, it can stand directly in the water with fish unaware of its presence. With a lack of fish-eating mammals in its ecosystem, the fox faces very little competition, thus allowing it to survive at larger weights than other foxes.
Although having a thick coarse fur coat would seem to hinder its ability to regulate body temperature, the fox's fur actually acts as a sort of sunblock, as it is so thick that sunlight can't reach. This additionally gives the fox a more boyant body, allowing it to swim more easily in the water.
The kits are born with completely bage fur, and live in burrows surrounded by dry straw to keep them hidden from other predators.
--Anyways, that's all I got for this particular creature. Please let me know if you want to see more of these kinds of drawing.