Apr 16 2010

Fox in the City!

Right there in our front yard – a fox – beautiful!

Wish I could have gotten a better picture, but he/she (don’t want to be sexist) took off before I could get closer – not that getting closer was a bright idea anyway.

Noah went nuts – wanting to pet the “doggy”. Our dog, Emily, happens to look so much like a fox I almost named her Foxy.


The entire encounter lasted about 2 minutes, but now that Noah understands that little beauty was a fox, it’s all the rage.

I’m forced to show everyone we see the ‘fox picture’ (including innocent grocery shoppers who kindly act interested).

I needed to find more information about red foxes for my little animal lover. Turns out we have more in common with red fox than I thought….

“Red fox mating behavior varies substantially. Often males and females are monogamous, but males with multiple female mates are also known,

as are male/female pairs that use non-breeding female helpers in raising their young. Females mated to the same male fox may share a den.

Red fox groups always have only one breeding male, but that male may also seek mating outside of the group. (MacDonald and Reynolds, 2005)”

Interesting, yet not exactly the age appropriate info I was searching for.

But then I learned the following…

“Red foxes use a variety of vocalizations to communicate among themselves. They also use facial expressions.

There have been 28 different kinds of vocalizations described in red foxes and individuals have voices that can be distinguished.

Vocalizations are used to communicate with foxes that are both nearby and very far away.  (MacDonald and Reynolds, 2005)”

In other words, they talk to each other just like we do. Their facial expressions likely convey their emotions like we do.

Cruelty to animals? How is it possible? I’ll tell you how, the poor things don’t speak English.

If they were able to speak English and articulate the cruelty they experience, laws would be passed, people would be punished, it would end.

It’s not that they can’t speak, or don’t speak, they just don’t speak our language.

But we can do it for them, and so can our children if we teach them how.

Please take a look at the NotaCoolMom ‘Take Action’ page to see what you can do to help your local wildlife.

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