FOX FACTS

FOX FACTS

A group of foxes is called a skulk or leash.

A male is called a ‘dog fox’ while a female is called a ‘vixen’.

Foxes can move each of their ears independently, allowing them to pinpoint the location of a particular sound. They can also rotate each ear to about 150 degrees in a particular direction with the right ear rotating clockwise while the left ear rotates anticlockwise in order to pick up surrounding sounds.

Foxes have quite a lot of similarities with cats. They have vertically orientated pupils which are specially adapted to help them see things in low lighting and they hunt by stalking and pouncing on their prey.

They’re also the only member of the dog family that can climb trees and like the cat, they have sensitive whiskers and spines on their tongue.

Scientists are still somewhat baffled by this one, but foxes are also able to use the earth’s magnetic field to hunt their prey. If you fancy reading more about how this works you can do so here via this article published by New Scientist.

Foxes are loving parents.

They tend to reproduce once a year and can have up to 11 pups to look after, which are born completely blind and don’t open their eyes at all until around a week or so after birth.

During this time they stay with the vixen while the dog fox sources and brings back food for the family. This happens until the pups are seven months old and in this time vixens have been known to be incredibly protective of their young.

Back in 2009 it was reported that a fox cub managed to survive for two weeks in a trap after the vixen brought the cub food every day.

What does the fox really say?

Well foxes actually make a number of different sounds, 40 to be precise. Foxes tend to scream and bark to communicate with each other and becomes more common during the peak mating season in January.

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