10 Urban Fox Facts
1. Dogs and foxes are fairly close relatives and belong to the same family – dogs. The genus of foxes is quite extensive: it contains the American, and Afghan, and Tibetan foxes, and sand, and South African, and Bengal, and Fenech, which in Arabic also means a fox.
2. The fox is a predatory animal and lives in nature by hunting. She hunts at night, especially actively from midnight to dawn, which gave rise to abundant folklore about werewolf foxes.
Nature beautifully equipped a fox for night hunts: she sees perfectly in the dark because in her eyes there are special cells that reflect light and double the brightness of the image. And the fox’s hearing is magnificent – she hears the rustling of a mouse or a worm in the grass.
3. As a man, a fox is monogamous, like a dog brings several puppies, and just like humans, both parents take care of cubs in foxes.
4. In Spanish, a fox is a “zorro”, so the famous movie hero had the nickname “Fox”, which indicated his dexterity and cunning.
5. The first movie in the world cinema about a fox was released by VA Starevich, a Russian and French director. The film was a puppet, full-length and animated. He brought his creator eight international awards.
6. In 2003, a coin with the image of a fox with a face value of 50 rubles was issued in the Republic of Belarus. In the center is a relief image of a fox’s head, and in its eyes are diamond inserts. Coin issued in the framework of the international program “Coins with Diamonds”
7. The smallest fox is a desert fox or Fenech. These creatures are known for being very sociable, and they produce surprisingly loud sounds for such compact creatures. The weight of an adult Fenech usually does not exceed one and a half kilograms.
8. On the territory of Jordan, archaeologists discovered a grave with the remains of a man and his fox, apparently, handmade. If archaeologists are right, then ancient people tried to domesticate foxes even earlier than dogs.
9. In Japan and China, foxes were considered werewolves capable of bewitching a person and depriving him of his will. The main ability of a fox in the mythology of these countries is to take on a human form.
10. Foxes are born blind. Only on the 10-12th day do their eyes open and the first teeth cut out. They reach certain independence only by the age of three months. All this time, the mother feeds them milk, and the father provides food for both the mother and the cubs.
In almost every country in the world, there is at least one fairy tale or legend in which a fox acts as the main character. This admiration is not surprising, because almost everyone knows about the cunning and dexterity of this beast.
But few know what kind of animal this is, so we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the selected facts and find out who is hiding behind the “mask” of a cunning, but such vulnerable animal.
Interesting facts about foxes
Foxes lead a solitary way of life in winter and only by summer do they start families.
In a fox family, both parents take care of the offspring. Before the puppies appear, the father takes care of his female and helps her to equip the den.
The foxes are omnivores. Foxes mainly feed on small animals: small rodents, rabbits, hares, and roe deer.
The tail for the fox is a very important organ. During running, he helps her keep her balance, and in winter serves as additional protection from the cold.
Foxes are very careful. In the event of danger or pursuit, they confuse the traces and hide in other places to mislead the pursuer. It is because of this feature that the fox is given the title of the most cunning beast.
- the maximum speed a fox can run is 50 km / h.
- Foxes often settle near large cities or suburbs. Where they adapt very well and populate urban neighborhoods.
- In the wild, foxes live about 6-8 years, and in captivity can live from 20 to 25 years.
- The most developed feelings in foxes are hearing and smell. With their help, the beast learns about the environment.
- They tried to domesticate the fox. As a result of the experiment, a silver-black fox was domesticated, in which there were significant differences from its wild relatives in behavior, body structure and physiology.