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8 Reasons Why Foxes Are So Cute and Fascinating

You know you can't resist their adorable faces and bushy tails. Foxes are undeniably cute and fascinating animals that captivate our hearts. Have you ever wondered why these sly creatures are so endearing?

There are several reasons foxes tug at our heartstrings and capture our imaginations. Their playful and mischievous personalities, striking rusty red fur, and furry tails that seem to have a life of their own are all part of their irresistible charm.

Foxes also have a mysterious allure as sneaky nocturnal animals that stealthily prowl and hunt under the cover of darkness. Once you learn more about these captivating canines, you'll understand why foxes are simply impossible not to love. Read on to discover why foxes are so fascinating and oozing with cuteness!

1. Foxes Can See The Earth's Magnetic Field

Scientists report that foxes can see the Earth's magnetic field as a ring of shadow that darkens as they head towards magnetic north. They use this shadow to hone in on prey before they pounce. Foxes use the Earth's magnetic fields to determine the direction and distance of their prey.

2. The Arctic Fox Has The Warmest Fur Coat

Arctic fox in Siberian tundra during winter

The beautiful white coat of the Arctic fox provides excellent camouflage for hunting in the snow, but did you also know that it is the warmest coat of any Arctic animal, able to keep the Arctic foxes warm in temperatures as low as -58° Fahrenheit?

3. Foxes Are Very Similar To Cats

The fox is the only member of the dog family to have retractable claws like a cat. They also have vertical pupils like cats and hunt like cats (stalking, pouncing, and even playing with their prey).

4. Domesticated Foxes Were Created In The Soviet Union

In the 1960s, a Soviet experiment that interbred tame foxes created a truly domesticated fox that is completely comfortable around humans. These foxes have developed interesting coat colors and patterns over time.

5. Foxes Are Solitary Animals

Unlike their close relatives, wolves, dogs, and jackals, foxes are not pack animals. They live in small family units while raising their young but live and hunt alone.

6. The Fennec Fox Is The Smallest Fox In The World

The cute little Fennec fox weighs just 2-3 pounds, with a body length of 9-16 inches. They are desert foxes with soft, light-colored fur and 6-inch-long ears that help regulate their body temperature.

7. The Grey Fox Can Climb Trees

The Grey fox is the only member of the dog family that can climb trees. They will climb trees to escape enemies, hunt prey, or even take a snooze.

8. Fox Kits Are One Of The Cutest Baby Animals Ever

red fox cubs at the entrance of their den

We rest our case.

So . . . Why Are Foxes So Cute?

Besides the gorgeous fur and adorable chitter they make, foxes are incredibly playful creatures. Their curiosity and mischievousness are endlessly entertaining. Have you ever seen a fox jumping and pouncing around in the snow? Their playful antics will instantly brighten your day!

These animals also remind us not to take ourselves too seriously and to maintain a sense of fun and playfulness. Their naturally cheerful and spirited personalities are fascinating to observe. If you're feeling down, watch a video of foxes at play—their joy and enthusiasm are contagious!

Can Foxes Be Kept As Pets?

Foxes are adorable little creatures, so it's no wonder many people become enchanted with the idea of keeping one as a pet. However, there are a few essential things to consider before getting a fox as a companion.

Legal Requirements

First, ensure it's legal to own a fox where you live. Many areas have bans on keeping foxes and other exotic animals as pets. Permits and licenses may also be required. Do your research to ensure you follow all regulations.

Commitment Required

Foxes require an extreme amount of time, money, and commitment. You'll need to be dedicated to caring for your fox for a long time. Foxes have complex needs, so be prepared to spend several hours a day socializing with, feeding, and cleaning up after your pet.

Foxes Aren't Dogs

While pet foxes are playful and can bond very closely with their owners, they are still wild animals at heart. Don't expect a fox to behave just like a dog. Foxes need very large enclosures, special diets, and patience. They may act aggressively or destructively at times and require an experienced owner.

Consider Adoption

Consider adopting from a fox rescue or sanctuary rather than buying a fox from a breeder. Many foxes need a good home, and adopting helps ensure you get a fox that has already been socialized and vetted. You'll also feel good knowing you saved a fox in need!

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Are baby foxes born blind?

Fox pups are born blind and do not open their eyes until they are around ten to twelve days old.

Do red foxes grin?

Red foxes grin when they are afraid. It is a sign of their submission. They lower themselves to the ground and drop their tails too.

Are grey foxes good climbers?

Gray foxes are expert climbers known to scale trees and fences for food. Their whiskers may be found not only on their faces but also on their legs. This allows them to move more quickly in dark dens.

What are female and male foxes called?

A male fox is called a "dog," while a female fox is called a "vixen."

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A - November 27, 2023

I want a fox so badly! They look like big kittens. To me, they’re much more like cats than other canines, all in looks, personality and habits.

Elle - March 21, 2023

So cute, So perfect

makayla - November 2, 2022

i was wondering why my favorite animal is a fox

Gwen - January 14, 2021

Just what I needed!!!

bob - July 20, 2018

cute, but not what i’m looking for

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