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Wild Animals (Not commonly kept as pets)

Fox

Fox standing on grass in front of a wire fence

Adult red fox

Fox Fun Facts

A young fox is called a cub, pup or kit.

In North America young foxes are often called pups.

A male fox is called a dog.

A female fox is called a vixen.

A group of foxes is called a skulk.

The life expectancy of a fox is about 1 to 8 years in the wild and about 14 years in captivity.

A red fox can have anywhere from 1 to 10 pups per litter.

Foxes are in the Canidae family, which is the same family as the dog, coyote and wolf.

Red foxes only use dens to have their babies. They do not usually make their dens, but rather take over other animal holes such as those of groundhogs, armadillos and woodchucks.

Fox make a wide variety of sounds such as high pitched barks, screams and a howl.

Fox hunt like cats

Red fox: Vulpes vulpes

Through Wire Fence - Fox walking on grass

Adult red fox

Fox pup standing on rocks in the middle of grass

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Fox pup running on blacktop

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Fox pup standing on blacktop with grass in front of it

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Fox pup kneeling on a blacktop in front of grass

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Fox pup with mange standing on blacktop with grass in front of it

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Fox pup with mange standing on rock

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Fox pup with mange standing on rock licking its nose

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Fox with a bad case of mange sitting on a stone wall

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange— "This kit and its littermates were suffering from Sarcoptic mange. This is the same fox as shown above 17 days later. As you can see the mange was getting progressively worse and I decided to look into it. I learned of a remedy through a fox website. The medicine is called Ivermectin. I ordered it from a website that specializes in rabbits. I dosed cat food, put it out for the kit and it was eagerly received. I believe I cured at least two little foxes. As they got better I saw two of them playing together on the parking lot, where I fed them. Someone else reported seeing three of them at once. As their health improved they became more skittish around humans and were impossible to photograph. Eventually they returned to normal nocturnal behavior and were spotted only occasionally and briefly."

Fox with mange walking on gravel

Red fox pup with a bad case of Sarcoptic mange

Through Trees- Fox walking around on grass

Red fox spotted in a goat field where it was calling over and over in a screeching voice.

Fox walking in the grass with two goats in the foreground

The herd of goats walked towards it, but the goats didn't chase it away. The dogs were barking, but that didn't scare it off either. The sly fox knew the dogs could not get into the goat field. By the time I got my camera it had started to trot off, but not because of the human, camera, goats or dogs. Nothing seemed to faze it.

Taxidermied fox in an office

Red fox

Right Profile - Taxidermied fox in an office

Red fox

A Pack of three foxes wait behind a chain link fence

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

A pack of three fox sitting behind a chain link fence

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

A pack of three fox sitting behind a chain link fence waiting

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

One fox sniffs the ground and one fox sits behind a chain link fence

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Two fox sitting behind a chain link fence

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Fox sitting behind a chain link fence

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Two fox sitting behind a chain link fence and one is looking into the distance

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Two fox sitting in grass behind a chain link fence

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Fox in the woods behind a chain link fence looking at two horses in the foreground

Red fox watching the horses in southeastern Pennsylvania

Fox in the woods sitting behind a chain link fence with a horse in the foreground

Red fox watching the horses in southeastern Pennsylvania

fox den surrounded in leaves

Red fox den stolen from a groundhog—notice the feces in the dirt on the right of the hole

Fox den

Red fox den stolen from a groundhog

Taxidermied Fox placed in the corner of an office

Red fox

Taxidermied Fox placed in the corner of an office on a shelf

Red fox

Fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Fox on a wooden table eating food out of a bowl

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Fox on a wooden table eating food out of a bowl with a house behind it

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Fox on a wooden table looking into a window

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food, shown here looking in the window

Fox on a wooden table looking into the distance

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food, shown here looking in the window

Fox on a wooden table sniffing around the food bowls

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Fox on a wooden table with its mouth open

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food