Foxes are the most famous creatures that live in our green and urban zones. Foxes are carnivorous and generally belong to the family of dogs. They resemble more like cats when it comes to hunting. Their eyes are more similar to cats as well. There are around 12 different species, of which the most famous are the white Arctic fox, red fox, sand, and fennec fox. Below you will find the top 10 interesting and fun facts about the fox.
The red fox is the most common type and exists almost all around the world. They have also been named Vulpes. They have a wide range of habitats including woodland, tundra, savannah, desert, highlands, farmlands, and urban areas too. Foxes prefer mixed vegetation groups, such as edge environments and mixed scrub and forest.
10: Solitary Creatures
As fox is a part of the Canidae family, they’re interrelated with wolves, jackals, and dogs. They’re medium-sized, between 7-15 pounds, with sharp faces, flexible frames, and shaggy tails. But they are not similar to their relatives, as they are not packed, creatures., They live in small families during raising their kids and, it is called a leash of foxes. Interesting fact that otherwise, single fox hunt and sleep alone and live separately.
09: Good Parents
Foxes give birth once a year. They reproduce kids are range from one to 11 pups, which are born blind and don’t open their eyes until nine days after birth. It is one of the interesting facts about the fox that they became good parents. During the period of nourishment, they stay with the vixen in the den while the male fox brings food for them. Foxes live with their parents for seven months. During this time, vixens protect their pups. In England, once a fox pup was caught in a wire trap for two weeks but survived just because of its mother, which brought food for it on daily basis.
08: They don’t make good pets
Foxes are wild creatures that are also meant to live in the wild. That’s why they don’t make good pets as their place is the only wildlife world. But red fox’s case is different, fox’s interesting facts tell that many kids had adopted by people who can afford it, but it’s unlikely that the pups were wild by their mother in the first place. Always respect nature, give them space, and trust in the red foxes’ instinct; they can take good care of their babies.
07: Diet of fox
Foxes are carnivores, that’s why they eat meat most. It is interesting facts about that foxes eat a variety of small creatures, birds, reptiles, toads, eggs, insects, caterpillars, fish, crabs, mollusks, etc. During winter, they mostly eat mammals, like mice, rabbits, and other small fauna.
06: Nocturnal creature
Mainly, foxes are nocturnal creatures which, means they like to hunt at night time. Interesting facts about the fox are that it likes to sleep during the day. But all the foxes are nocturnal creatures and just depends upon where they live. Furthermore, they are night-time predators too because their eyes have specially adapted to night vision.
05: Breeding season of the fox
Interesting facts about a fox are that their breeding season mostly started from January through March. After a gestation period that is consisted of 51 to 53 days, females give birth to a little one that usually has 2-7 pups. Interestingly, the mother makes a nest of leaves inside her burrow for the protection of her pups. This superior area in the burrow is called a nesting chamber.
04: Foxes use Earth magnetic field
Fox uses the earth’s magnetic field for hunting. Other creatures like birds, sharks, and turtles also have a sense of “a magnetic field, the fox is the first one discovered and used to catch its prey. It counts as one of the interesting facts about the fox.
03: Excellent hearing sense
Among other qualities, Fox has an excellent sense of hearing. One of the interesting facts is that a fox can hear low-frequency sounds easy and rodents digging underground.
02: Playful creatures
They are solitary creatures but, they are also known to be friendly and curious too. Foxes like to play among themselves, as well as with other creatures like cats and dogs do. They love to play with balls that they steal from courtyards and golf courses.
Although the fox is a wild animal, an interesting fact is that its relationship with humans goes way back. In 2011, scientists opened a grave in Jordan to explore the leftovers of a man and his pet fox. Around 4000 years before the first-known human and pet dog were buried together.
01: Fox tossing
During the 17th and 18th centuries, Fox tossing was a popular sport in Europe. Interesting fact that in this sport, people throw foxes high into the air using slings with a person on each end to catapult the fox upwards. The King of Poland held that contest as a result, around 647 foxes, 533 hares, 34 badgers, and 21 Wildcats were killed.