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Fox

posted: 04/29/14
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Red Fox
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm an internet star, thanks to Ylvis. I'm a Fox!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: The Northern Hemisphere and Australia

What I Like to Eat: Birds, small animals, fruits and rodents.

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: The only time we are dangerous to humans is when we have contracted rabies or when you try and capture us. Our natural instinct is to run from you, not to stay and fight. The red foxes are the ones of us who might stop and watch you from a distance in your backyard while you do your gardening or hang your laundry out to dry. But for the most part, we don't like to stick around when others are present.

Bow-Wow: We are basically a tribe of wild dogs. Our faces give us that dog-like look. In fact, male foxes are known as dogs.

Dwelling: You will see grey and red foxes around your back yards, on hiking trails and in many other urban areas. We build burrows underground where we live. These burrows are called fox dens.

Hunting: Fox hunting is a traditional English sporting tradition with men on horseback riding behind hound dogs that use the fox's scent to chase and kill them. Fox hunting with dogs is banded in England, Wales and Scotland because of what animal rights activists refer to as a barbaric sport. Although, it is still legal to chase foxes for sport on horseback.

Characteristics: We are well known for our long snout and bushy tale. We hunt during the night with eyes that are adapted to night vision.

Pets as Prey: Yes, we see your pets as meals if you leave them unattended. We are known to feed on rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, kittens and small adult house cats. We don't mess with large house cats because a lot of times they are almost as big as us, and we aren't up for that kind of challenge.

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