Silver in her usual spot this afternoon.
Spotted her there when I left at 9:30am with two of her family members, and when I got back at 5:30pm she was still there. She really loves that spot!
TODAY Lonely Girl the Orphan Fox Cub Plays with her Favorite Teddy!!!
Lonely Girl has been here for 24 days! After having lots of rest she’s now fighting fit and playing with her favourite teddy in this very cute video we filmed today!
We now have over ten orphan fox cubs who all require daily feeding, cleaning, new bedding, heating and have all been seen by our veterinary team and had some medication along the way.
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Half-Brush in the garden a few minutes ago!
She’s a very pretty little fox if you ignore her bald tail.
Can’t believe I forgot to put the flash on. This would have been a great shot otherwise, especially with that piece of cracker in her mouth!
Anyway, this is one of the vixen’s who I call Half Brush because she’s missing the fur on the lower half of her tail. Not sure how it happened but since she and the others all look completely healthy I’m going to assume it was an injury rather than something like mange.
It was actually quite amusing. The male took the empty chocolate box and left it at the gate where the vixen then came trotting over to inspect it.
I guess even foxes think boxes of chocolate make romantic gifts!
Look at this naughty ol’ fox! Normally they leave our rubbish alone but I guess that empty chocolate box was just too tempting. u_u
Saw a beautiful fox crossing a country road today. Luckily it was smart enough to wait for a break in the traffic before trotting out in front of us. Don’t see rural foxes too often so it’s always exiting to spot one!
WATCH FOX CUBS LIVE ON WEBCAM!
Our very cute Fox Cubs have been in and out of their little dens all day, you can now watch them LIVE on our website as they play around together!
First you’ll need to register on our site, all you have to enter is a username, email address and then you’ll have 4 webcams to enjoy! Another webcam has a Blue Tit building a nest in one of our garden boxes where hopefully she’ll be laying some eggs!
Register here: http://www.wildlifeaid.org.uk/user/register
Then you can watch the foxes here: http://www.wildlifeaid.org.uk/webcams/webcam-3
This keeps popping up on my dash, and every time I see it I get more and more frustrated.
First of all, it is stupid as fuck to put your bare hand in a wild animal’s mouth. I don’t care how long it’s been with you, or whether it’s “domesticated” or not. It’s stupid, and you’re asking for broken bones and stitches, and I will not feel bad for you, because you deserved it.
Second, that’s not playing. It’s appeasement behavior. It’s a submissive reaction intended to stop a more dominant animal from attacking. The squinted eyes, the “grin”, the vigorous tail wag, the way her legs are tucked against her body, the fact that her ears are pinned back against her head, the arched and curved body, and the exposure of her throat and belly are all pretty classic indications of fear.
She’s terrified. And she’s a wild animal whose behavior cannot be extrapolated from the behavior of humans or domestic dogs.
The video comes from a wildlife sanctuary, where the fox lives because she is apparently non-releasable. That’s awesome. I’m all about protecting wildlife if they can’t survive on their own. But even if a wild animal has lived among humans for decades, they’re still wild, and need to be treated as such.I’m reblogging this from myself because this stupid video is back, and it makes me crazy.
This annoyed me when I thought it was from a owner of a “domestic” fox… but the fact that it’s from a wildlife sanctuary? Ugh. They should know better. This is infuriating.
Please stop projecting behavioral signals from one species onto another. Each species (heck many times each individual) has specific behavioral cues for fear, affiliation, play, aggression, etc. Forgetting or ignoring species behavioral (and other) differences is how both humans and animals get hurt.
Please and thank you,
Your (usually) friendly neighborhood Ethologist
I wouldn’t say this fox is terrified at all. This is very typical of how foxes greet each other in the wild, usually aimed towards a parent or partner. Same is true of pet foxes greeting their owners (who take the place of the parent.) Ears back, grimacing, rolling around etc. are used in friendly greetings among family members. The tail wagging, in particular, shows that this is a friendly/excited greeting.
Here’s a video clip of a wild vixen greeting her mate (skip to 4:44): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYlKCOCIcpw Notive how both foxes use exactly the same gestures as the fox above to greet each other!
Yes it’s submissive behavior but it is NOT the behavior of a frightened/stressed fox. A truly frightened fox would flattened itself against the ground, open it’s mouth wide and made a distinctive spitting sound. Fox behavior is not the same as dog behavior.
As someone who has worked with a fox on a daily basis and knows quite a bit about foxes, please don’t presume to speak about animals you clearly know nothing about.
A scared fox will run away, a scared fox will be hunched over or flattened to the ground, gekking, puffing their cheeks and growling. A scared fox will bite, hard. A scared fox absolutely will not be demonstrating these behaviors, a scared fox will be on their stomach snapping at you, but not before trying to get away.
A happy fox on the other hand, will do a behavior called ‘mouthing’, where they will put your hand in their mouth and often squeal. They’ll be panting happily, rolling over on their back, wagging their tail, and letting you touch their stomach and neck and ears while they continue to mouth you or paw at you. A happy fox will flatten their ears and grimace and wiggle and squeak. The fox in the video is absolutely a very happy, relaxed fox.
Do not go around telling people that this is a scared, unhappy fox, because that helps contribute to the notion that rehabilitators and other people with foxes don’t know what they’re doing or are willfully doing something terrible for their own amusement. That in turn breeds hostility towards having foxes in captivity, rescued or not, that causes people to go extreme measures with the misguided belief that an animal is dangerous, in danger, unhappy or scared. People will let captive born and bred foxes out - I know at least two people who have had their foxes let loose, one of which their fox died by being hit by a car.
Even ethologists and zoologists can be wrong. Foxes are not dogs or any other canine and thus don’t demonstrate the same behaviors. I’ve seen zoos classify white red foxes as arctic foxes and that can cause problems when species are incorrectly housed with the wrong species.
So please don’t claim to know about these animals and have people listening to you and perpetuating misinformation, which makes it harder for people who actually work with these animals to do their job.
The front window has finally been cleaned so I can take photos with the flash (foxes don’t seem to notice camera flashes.) Set up some food and waited for hours, and just as he showed up my mother walked through the gate and scared him.
At least I managed to get a shot of him before he left! He probably wont come back until much later tonight now, so I’ll have to try another night to get more shots of him.
Rescue of some cheeky fox cubs that were disturbed by builders, working in a back garden.
Make sure to watch until the end, to see if the mum came back to pick up her babies!
Remember that big grey fox from last month?
She was in the same spot again yesterday but I was so focused on trying to photograph some deer that I didn’t see her and almost tripped over her! I just saw her tail flick out from under my feet. She paused briefly to look back at me before slipping into the bushes.
Good to see she’s still looking healthy and mange free at least!