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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Fox

Fox tossing was a popular 17th-century sport; the fox was fired into the air using a sling.

A wild fox wandered into the United States Supreme Court building in 2002 and eluded capture for more than a day

Foxes are found on all continents (except Antarctica), mostly living in forest, shrubland, and desert regions.


They were not native to Australia, but red foxes were introduced there in the early 19th century for sport, and have since become widespread through much of the country.

In the wild, the typical lifespan of a fox is one to three years, although individuals may live up to ten years.


The gray fox is one of only two canine species known to climb trees; the other is the raccoon dog.

Foxes are the only type of dog capable of retracting their claws like cats do.

Foxes use the Earth’s magnetic field to hunt.

Ravens are known to make calls which lead foxes to dead animals. The foxes break carcasses apart, so the birds can feast.

Foxes have 28 different types of calls.

They can hear a watch tick from 40 yards away.


A group of foxes could be called an ‘earth’, a ‘lead’ a 'skulk' or a ‘leash’

A female fox is called a "vixen" while a male fox is called a "tod" or a "dog fox."

The flying fox is not a fox – it is a bat.

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