Photos of Donna from August 2011.
I still miss this girl so much.
Photos of Donna from August 2011.
I still miss this girl so much.
Just found an old CD full of photos of Donna from summer 2011 that I’ve never posted before and assumed were lost forever!
I promise to post them all later. There’s some pretty nice photos in there.
Told you there’d be more vocalizations!
Just recorded this one a few minutes ago. This is a sound you will only hear at this time of year, a mating call! This is a lone dog fox calling out to see if there are any single vixens in the area willing to pair up. The breeding season starts around the end of December, so he will be eager to find a partner before then.
Finally some local fox action!
I haven’t seen or heard anything from Longtail and the other local foxes, but last night I heard this. It started with one fox giving warning barks very close by. About 5 minutes after the barking stopped I heard some gekkering in the distance and then another fox started calling, probably trying to make contact with the fox giving the alarm calls to check he or she was okay (it’s quite faint so you may need to turn your speakers up to hear it.)
Didn’t manage to catch all of it as the cameras batteries were almost flat, so I condensed the bits I did manage to get. Winter is when foxes are at their noisiest so I’m sure they’ll be much more vocalizations to come!
Anonymous asked: Are foxes the same breed as cats ? because they have cat eye lids like cats... sorry if it's a stupid question i don't know much but want to learn and your blog helps me a lot to learn about foxes !
Foxes and cats are two whole different genus of animals.
There are no “fox breeds”, like there are cat breeds. Foxes are found in different species (arctic fox, red fox, swift fox, grey fox, fennec fox, etc.) and within a specie several colours can be found (red fox = silver fox, cross fox, champagne fox, marble fox, platinum fox, etc.)
Cats are in the feline family, of the felis genus, while foxes are taxonomically classified as canines of the vulpes genus (although they exhibit more differences than similarities to dogs in my personal opinion, and unlike coyotes, wolves, dogs, jackals, who can successfully breed with each other, foxes cannot due to their major genetic/chromosome difference).
And there’s no stupid question if you ask it in order to learn! :)
I’m always amazed at the amount of people who think foxes are felines.
Also just a side note, only golden jackals can breed with wolves and dogs. The true jackals (black-backed and side-striped) cannot as, like foxes they are far too genetically different. Also technically gray foxes are not true foxes at all, but an ancient lineage of canine that are more closely related to wolves then they are foxes!
Not the best photo as it was taken from half-way across the cemetery with very little light, but even from that distance there’s no mistaking that face. Of course it’s Mangy Dog!
His name doesn’t seen very suitable anymore as he’s completely transformed from the scrawny, scruffy teenager he was this time last year. Being in this family obviously suits him much better.
We watched each other for a couple of minutes before he went off on his way. I also spotted Blackthroat wondering about.
Got a very special treat for the foxes today.
We’ve got so much pumpkin left over from Halloween that rather then throw it away I’m going to give the extra to them. I’m sure they’ll enjoy such a tasty treat!
I’m so glad that they mentioned on Autumnwatch how foxes use their mouths to explore things. So many of the so-called fox attack stories I’ve read have been people misinterpreting this behavior.
Foxes use their mouths a lot to explore the world around them. When they come across something they’re unfamiliar with or they think may be or provide food then they use their mouths to find out more about it. Big Dog was the first fox to teach me about this behavior. I had to be careful not to leave anything within his reach or he’d be all over it like this;
This is a big reason why hand feeding is a no-no! A fox used to taking food by hand is much more likely to bite; not out of aggression but out of curiosity and checking for food. I believe most fox attacks are of this nature rather then true aggression.
Remember, no matter how tame they may seem foxes are still wild animals with teeth!
Oh wow, the home range of the radio collared foxes on Autumnwatch is in the derelict house I’ve passed many times over the years and thought “I wish I could see in I bet there’s a fox family in there!”
Now when I pass it I’ll know Silver and the other foxes are in there!
If you’re in the UK then don’t forget to tune into Autumnwatch on BBC2 at 8pm tonight as they’re doing a feature on urban foxes in my home city of Brighton!
I first heard about the research project on Brighton’s urban foxes last year and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the results ever since. Hopefully their research will reveal lots of new information about the lives of urban foxes!
Blackthroat keeping a close eye on me earlier!
Anonymous asked: Can you teach a fox to play Fetch?
Unusual question, first time I’ve been asked that!
Yes, foxes can be taught to play fetch, however, doing so is extremely hard.
Foxes, unlike dogs, are not used to obey to a superior (like dogs are, since they evolved from wolves which live in packs and obey to the alpha's rules). Foxes are solitary animals.
Leash training, teaching to sit, stay and lay are the most commonly tricks found in trained pet foxes.
Mine know how to leash walk, sit and lay.
Here’s a pet fox named Quest performing tricks, including fetch.
Foxes are not always strictly solitary animals and group living is very common in some areas. Urban foxes, for example, almost always live in family groups. It’s due to limited resources and pressures from hunting that prevent foxes from being more social in other areas, but given the right conditions they will readily live together.
While fox social groups are looser then wolves they still follow the same basic structure, with the dominant breeding pair and their subordinate, non-breeding adult offspring. These groups can be pretty large, the biggest I’ve known containing 8 adults.
While even foxes in a group do spend a lot of time by alone, they all share the same territory and will spend plenty of time with each other, playing, grooming and sleeping to reinforce the social bonds.
More information on the social lives of foxes can be found here.
Fox Wars on BBC1 at 10:35pm tonight
There are 33,000 urban foxes roaming suburban Britain. This one-off documentary reveals different people’s attitudes toward the animals. North London resident Nobby is a keen fox feeder - the vixen he has been feeding for the past five years provides him with a welcome distraction and a companion through the night. However, his approach isn’t much appreciated by his neighbours - nor by many of the other folks featured in the programme. From the London pest controllers paid to shoot the animals to the south Wales woman who wants to put 20,000 volts through the next fox to venture into her garden, it seems the suburban fox has more enemies than friends.
I can already tell this program is going to anger me and be filled with misinformation.
This is the time of year where red fox kits are all grown up and leave (…get kicked out, really) the den. So if you see one out during the day, or even see one aimlessly roaming around, there is a probable chance she or he is looking for a warm place to rest it’s lil head and is totally…
Yes, at this time of year young foxes have to face the toughest time of their lives, and many wont survive dispersal unfortunately. Dispersal makes cubs very disorientated so their behavior can seem strange at this time, although remember it’s perfectly normal to see foxes out during the day at any time of year. They are not strictly nocturnal as some believe!
Although I’d just like to elaborate on some points;
Fox cubs actually leave the den in June. By this point the den becomes so filthy and full of flies that it’s impossible to live in, and foxes prefer to live above ground once they’re old enough anyway (adults only use dens to birth in or shelter from bad weather.) It’s the territory that they leave, although not all cubs leave home. In urban areas approximately 50% of vixen cubs and 20% of dog cubs stay within the family territory, and this varies depending on the location. In areas that are best suited for family living more cubs are likely to stay with their parents then in harsh landscapes where resources are limited. Pressures from hunting also forces families to split up.
Also the time of dispersion varies depending on location. In urban areas cubs often wait until late November till mid December before leaving, possibly due to the milder temperatures in towns and cities. Some cubs may also leave as early as August or September if family pressures are too tough for them.
Typically it’s the most dominant and least dominant cubs in the litter that are likely to leave first. “Mid-range” cubs are most likely to stay with their parents as they tend to have the least stressed relationships within the family dynamics. In the end, though, it’s solely the decision of the mother which cubs can stay and which must leave, leading to a lot of fights and tension at this time.
It’s a tough time to be a young fox!