Hubby and I both took Maggie for her final walk last night, and I was glad we did.
Hubby saw them before I did, so I was able to pass over my torch and clip Maggie to keep her close.
Two foxes were in the road and coming towards us.
We’ve seen one on several occasions, but this is the first time we’ve seen two together.
They were about the same size as Maggie, but obviously years younger and we believe both males.
They were extremely agile, leaping over walls and hedges to get out of the torch beam, but they eventually turned around and raced off into the next road.
That was when Maggie saw them, and had she been loose, would have gone after them, arthritis or no arthritis.
Picture from google images
Apart from seeing one running down our road when we were in the bungalow with a chicken carcass in its mouth and that they are prone to mange, I know very little about foxes, other than their mating copulation is extremely loud and can sound like a child in distress.
The mating season is during the winter months, so that could explain why we saw two last night. Maybe a vixen is in heat somewhere and they are trying to impress.
I’ve read contradictory information about monogamy and the female mating with several males. Apparently they only mate once a year though and sometimes, one male fox will have several female mates. Females that have the same male mate are known to live in the same den together.
They have a short lifespan of 3 to 4 years in the wild.
I didn’t know, but the collective noun for foxes is a leash, earth or skulk, the latter being associated with various species of vermin but especially foxes.
Dogs (males) weigh about 6 to 7 kilos, vixens (females) 5 to 6 kgs, and they stand at a height of around 41 cm (16 -18 inches). Litters consists of between 2 and seven kits or pups, gestation being about 53 days, and they are born in a den underground. Both parents raise the young though it is not uncommon for older siblings or ‘nannies’, females that are not breeders, to share the load.
Foxes are nocturnal and have excellent eyesight and hearing. They can identify each other by their voices, the red fox having 28 different sounds including howls, yips, and growls. They are also fast, running up to 45 mph (72 km/h) , something else I didn’t realise.
Info from livescience.com