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Wild Animals (Not commonly kept as pets)

Fox

 

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

Adult red fox

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

Red fox pup with a case of Sarcoptic mange

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."

Red fox pup with a bad case of Sarcoptic mange

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

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.

Red fox

Red fox

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Pack of red foxes spotted in southeastern Pennsylvania

Red fox watching the horses in southeastern Pennsylvania

Red fox watching the horses in southeastern Pennsylvania

Red fox den

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

Red fox den

Red fox den stolen from a groundhog

Red fox

Red fox

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

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

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

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

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food

Red fox caught on a deer cam eating cat food