What Do You Know About Foxes?
What Do You Know About Foxes? Are fixed dogs or cats? Beyond their cute fur covering their body and long bushy tail. As well as the qualities attached to them, they are not good pets. Taming them has never perfectly worked. I guess it’s a sign that wildlife should just simply be left to remain in the wild. And left to occupy and live in their natural habitats.
They are somehow small to medium omnivores that are dog-like. But not dogs. Mainly feeding on the inverbrates, small vertebrates, as well as plants and eggs.
They have a flattened skull, upright triangular ears, a pointed, slightly upturned snout, and a long bushy tail.
Leach is the term used to describe a group of foxes. While a male fox may be referred to as a tod and a female one as the vixen. The little ones are cubs/pups/kits.
They are several species of foxes but only 12 of them are considered to be true foxes. They include:
- Red Fox
- Gray Fox
- Arctic Fox
- Fennec Fox
- Swift Fox
- Blanford’s Fox
- Cape Fox / silver-backed Fox
- Corsa Fox
- Tibetan Fox
- Ruppell’s Fox
- Bengal Fox/ Indian Fox
They are widely spread across the world. And belong to the same family as the wolves and jackals.
They have a very short lifespan
They can manage to live up to 10 years.
Unlike some dog families that are very social. Foxes may live solitary or be engaged in very small family groups.
As we have seen, foxes can not be tamed. Unfortunately, they are endangered to the very natural habitats that they strive well in.
This is due to habitat loss and being hunted for several reasons. Like their fur, to be kept as pets.
Foxes are considered as pest and disturbance by humans. They rarely attack humans but terrorizes any chicken that they come across. Hence the reason why most farmers resent them.
Have you ever met foxes with their pups? It’s one of those amazing moments that take your breath away. The mum is always ahead as the pups follow. Playful just like any kid and copying what the adults do.
Unlike other wildlife, foxes have been observed to adapt to urban settings as wrong they don’t get killed by humans. They can manage to live longer and have small groups.
So if we can be able to accommodate their presence among us. Some urban developments is not a big brother to them. This means that the farmers farming animals that can be preyed by foxes, have to come up with a way to keep the foxes away. Without having to kill them.
Louis Catorze gets himself into trouble with foxes:
Possibly my favourite species of mammal. I have been lucky to have seen a vixen emerging from a den with her cubs on my local patch and it was breathtaking to watch them play with their mum in the morning sunlight. I had to keep a low profile though as rural foxes will avoid humans at all costs. As you’ve said, urban foxes not only have higher mortality rates but have become very adapted to being around people too. I know a few people who hand feed foxes in certain areas of London.
That’s very true. With such adaptations, it would be best if humans too adopt on how to co-exist with them. I can only imagine how you felt watching them play 😘.
The same happens in Copenhagen, where I used to meet a fox roaming the streets early in the morning. One female settled down in the botanical garden and even had her cubs there.
That’s how they have adapted to feel comfortable in human settlements. You witness a miracle of life coming into our planet.
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Where I live I often see urban foxes!
That;s awesome, you get to enjoy wildlife presence at the comfort of your home.
Interesting facts! Yhank you for sharing! 😊
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