so today I was given 2 foxes shot about 4 hrs before I arrived at the site.... I had given my usual instructions of "keep cool, don't store in plastic, spray a little vinegar on the ears and eyes" When I arrived the foxes were still a little warm and the day was about 24C... (not too sure what that is in the US, but a warm but not hot day) The person who had hunted these foxes wanted a lesson on how to skin them for a full mount so I did both foxes at the same time on both showing him how to do all the bits and pieces... His was the dog fox and I took the stinky vixen! Finished everything on mine bar turning the ears and lips and went to use 2 sticks to strip the tail like I normally do and went for it... the tail slid off easily, it felt normal, but there was a tiny tuft left on the end of the bone, thought "oh well that is fixable, no one it gonna notice 1/2 cm square of tail missing at the tip, and the went to straighten the rest of the tail out.... at this point it broke in 2!!!!!! kinda freaked, then took a deep breath and figured that I had cut it or some of the shot had damaged it and it just split off... so I went to feel the broken off half of the tail and see what kind of damage there was at the broken end when the whole thing fell apart in my hands like a dandylion!!!!! it was crazy!!! I still dont understand what has happened!!! The tail bone was stripped clean, bar the very tip. The tail part that was attached to the fox was furry and then there was no naked skin missing hair... I dont know where the skin went for the tail... the fur looked like it had very very very fine skin on it but it didnt hold any of the fur together... I am so confused!!! I pulled on all the other fur and it seems fine, no silp... I then did the dog fox who was shot before the female and the skin came off the tail easily! Anyone have any suggestions as to what happend to the skin in the second half of my tail??? she was a perfectly good looking fox, nice and fatty, just starting to get her winter coat.... No skin diseases that I could see and not other hair dissorders like mange... I am completly lost!!!!!! It was uppsetting as she was a perfectly good fox!!!! but now she will have to be gloves!!!