Portrait of a Fox (32)
|I finally managed to get over to the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey. I had a lovely day and spent a happy few hours watching the foxes and otters. The highlight of the day was watching a stoat carrying her babies from one nesting place to another. The foxes were beautiful. I hope to post some more pictures in the next few days.|
Some Red Fox facts from the BBC website:
The red fox is the most widespread wild carnivore in the world. It is found in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Arctic. Red foxes can adapt to a variety of habitats. In Britain, they live in woodland, open countryside and urban areas.
The red fox is a member of the dog family, as are wolves, coyotes and jackals. A red fox usually has reddish-brown fur but sometimes its coat is black or silver. Its bushy red tail is tipped with white fur and is known as a brush.
These carnivorous mammals will eat almost anything. Their diet depends on where they live. Foxes from the countryside eat rabbits, hares, field voles and berries, while those in the city will scavenge from bird tables and dustbins. Foxes will also eat beetles, earthworms, birds' eggs and fallen fruit.
They breed in late winter or early spring. A fox’s den is called an earth, and the female (vixen) will find a suitable spot in an old animal burrow or under a garden shed for her cubs to be born. A litter of 4-8 cubs is born in March. The newborn cubs weigh about 100 grams each, have chocolate-brown fur, are blind and deaf and can't walk. Their mother must stay with them to keep them warm and to wash and groom them, so the male fox (dog) brings food back for her to eat.
When a fox cub is about four weeks old its blue eyes change to amber and its coat starts to turn red. It stays with its family group for about six months before it becomes fully independent.