8 Reasons Why Foxes are Fascinating Creatures

 

Foxes are beautiful animals, with their delicate faces and bushy tails, but don’t just love them for their good looks. Foxes are intriguing animals, known for their intelligence, playfulness, and lithe athleticism. Here are some gorgeous fox pictures, along with a few interesting facts, as if you needed any more reasons to love them.

 

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 get ready to pounce.

 

The Arctic fox has the warmest fur coat

The beautiful white coat of the Artic fox provides great 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 fox warm in temperatures as low as -58 Fahrenheit.

 

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).

 

Domesticated foxes were created in the Soviet Union

Back in the 1960s, a Soviet experiment that interbred the tamest fur foxes created a true domesticated fox that is completely comfortable around humans. These domesticated foxes have developed interesting coat colors and patterns over time.

 

Foxes are solitary animals

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

 

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 a desert fox, with soft, light colored fur to keep their temperature well-regulated, and 6 inch-long ears that also help regulate their body temperature.

 

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 just take a snooze.

 

Fox kits just may be the cutest baby animals ever

We rest our case.

 

Credits:  Domesticated fox:  "Bella" by Todd Huffman on Flickr; Grey fox: "Grey fox" by Leonora Enking on Flickr.

 

 

 

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