Did you know that…
Check out the list below to learn some fun facts about our newest furry, clever and inquisitive Regis friend: the fox.
- Foxes are solitary creatures. While they do raise their young in small families called a “leash of foxes” or a “skulk of foxes,” they hunt and sleep alone.
- Foxes have a lot in common with cats. While they are related to dogs, jackals and wolves, foxes act more like their feline counterparts. They are most active at night, hunt by stalking their prey, walk on their toes and even sleep in trees just like cats.
- Foxes use the earth’s magnetic field to hunt. A fox can see the earth’s magnetic field as a “ring of shadow” on its eyes. A fox knows it’s time to pounce when that shadow and the sound of the prey line up.
- Foxes are great parents. They reproduce once a year, with an average litter of six pups. Pups stay with their parents and rely on them for food, shelter and survival techniques until the age of seven months.
- Foxes are super playful. As demonstrated by our very own Rangers fox, these creatures are known to be friendly and curious, and will often be seen playing with other foxes, as well as other animals, much like cats and dogs do.
- The red fox is the most common fox. The red fox is very adaptable when it comes to its natural habitat and diet, allowing it to span everywhere from the Arctic Circle and North Africa, to Central America and even Australia.
- The smallest fox weighs under three pounds. About the size of a kitten, the fennec fox lives in the Sahara Desert. It sleeps during the day to protect itself from the heat, and even has ears which deflect body heat to help keep itself cool.
- Foxes have excellent hearing. The red fox can reportedly hear a watch ticking 40 yards away.
- Foxes have a unique odor. Their funny ‘musky’ smell comes from scent glands located at the base of their tail.
- What does the fox say? Actually, a lot. Foxes can make up to 40 different sounds.