Things You Might Not Know About Baby Foxes

Baby Foxes : Movies usually portray foxes’ character as cunning and cannot be trusted. No wonder why it’s so. With a pointed snout and pointed ears as well as kind of slanted eyes, foxes do have a sly image. But then again, search for baby foxes on the internet. Instead of cunning, you will surely find that they are overloaded with cuteness, adorable, and just beautiful.

Well, this article will provide the information about baby foxes besides being cute and all, such as what we call them as, what other species there are aside from the infamous red fox, where they live, whether they are purchasable, and so on.

If you want to see an animal which has the resemblance of two other animals, fox is the answer. Fox is somewhat has the appearance of a dog and a cat. When baby foxes are born, they look alike puppies. And at some time after they grow a little, they remind us of a Jindo dog but with thick fur. Meanwhile, their vertical pupils which help them to see well during the night, are similar to those of cats’.

Aside from the resemblance fact above, this article you are reading will provide you with a lot more facts. Like, what species of fox there are, what baby fox is called as, whether or not we can have baby fox pet, and so on. The more you read the deeper you will learn about this fascinating animal.

Are you an animal lover? If you are, then you will agree with the following statement: as wildly wild the wild animals could possibly be, their babies are cute and adorable, still. It is, isn’t it? Say, like, baby tigers, baby lions, and baby foxes, for example. You can browse in a search engine on the internet under the keyword of those baby animals and you will find yourself adoring the sight of the cute little ones before your eyes.

Well, you are about to read an article that will discuss baby foxes as the topic. Some of you who live in a place far away from foxes’ habitat might not aware of them; what they are like, what food they eat, whether people can keep baby foxes as pets or not, and so on. Therefore, this article is written for you to know about foxes, especially their babies, closer. Now, lean back and keep on reading!

Fox

It is no wonder why people sometimes confused with foxes’ classification. They kind of have the appearance of dogs with protruding snout and wolves with thick fur. However, foxes have their own genuses and species that follow. There are 7 genuses of fox. They are Canis, Cerdocyon, Dusicyon, Lycalopex, Otocyon, Urocyon, and Vulpes.

From genus Canis, there is one species called Ethiopian wolf that inhabit on Ethiopian highlands. This species resemble a jackal the most from all species. Meanwhile from genus Cerdocyon, we have Crab-eating fox which is a South American species. And then there is Falkland Islands wolf from genus Dusicyon. This species was last seen in 1876 before gone extinct.

From genus Lycalopex, we have 6 species which are Culpeo, Darwin’s fox, South American gray fox, Pampas fox, Sechuran fox, and Hoary fox. While from genus Otocyon, there is one species called Bat-eared fox which has the sight according to its name. And then we have 3 species from genus Urocyon. They are Cozumel fox which reported to be last seen in 2001, Gray fox, and Island fox.

And lastly, from genus Vulpes, there are 12 species, the most species, of foxes. The 12 species are Arctic fox, Bengal fox, Blanford’s fox, Cape fox, Corsac fox, Fennec fox, Kit fox, Pale fox, Ruppell’s fox, Red fox, Swift fox, and Tibetan sand fox. The red fox species is the one that often appear as character in movies.

All in all, we have terms to address the females and the males, whatever the species. We even call the babies differently from their adults. As female foxes are known as vixens, male ones are known as dogs or tods. From the mating of a vixen and a dog, baby foxes are born which are called as kits, pups, or cubs.

 

Baby Animals

It is only natural for other animals to have different terms also. Like foxes with kits or pups or cubs for the babies, other animals have it, too. We call baby bears as cubs, baby birds as hatchlings or chicks, baby cats as kittens, baby dogs as puppies, baby ducks as ducklings, baby elephants as calves, baby fishes as fries or fingerlings, and so forth.

Whatever we call them; baby animals are only babies which overload with cuteness and make we want them to stay as they are. However gross pigs are, their piglets are so beautiful. However scary carnivores, such as tigers, are, their cubs are just as adorable as kittens. And we can go on like this all day. One thing for sure is we cannot portray the nature the adults do into their babies. We just can’t!

Baby Fox

A baby fox is just like another baby animal. They have innocent-like face, funny behaviors, and cute appearance that make you want to cuddle them 24 hours a day. At the time a baby fox is born, it is just like a dog’s baby. And at some time when it grows a little, you will see it kind of resemble a Jindo dog with thick fur.

Baby Fox for Sale

Apparently, if you search for baby foxes online, there are some results that also show online stores that sell baby foxes. Is it legal to trade baby foxes? Yes, it is presumably legal. If it isn’t, the site will go down in any minute now. Can they ship them alive? They can. There is a shipping courier that has live animal shipping service and they use it to send the baby fox to its buyer.

How to Draw a Fox

Foxes are a good subject to draw. You can draw them cutely or realistically. You even can draw a sitting and standing fox. The followings are steps of how to draw a fox in cartoon style. It is pretty easy. You don’t need any extraordinary drawing tools, just a pencil that you can erase to do a sketch, a marker or pen to give the outline, and a piece of paper.

  1. Sketch the head with a big shape of an egg.
  2. Sketch the ears with shapes of eggs on the upper side of the head.
  3. Sketch the body with an oval shape horizontally under the head.
  4. Sketch the legs with three ovals vertically over the body. And then sketch the paws with smaller ovals horizontally, each at the end of the previous vertical ovals.
  5. Sketch the bushy tail at the upper side of the body with a diagonal shape of question mark.
  6. Give the sketch an outline and add features like eyes, nose, and mouth on the face part.
  7. Erase the lines that are unneeded and bold the needed ones or outline them.
  8. Give it a color and it’s done.

Cute Baby Fox

We don’t need to emphasize that baby foxes are cute because they are by natural. Whether they live off of human care or at the wilds; they’re still a hundred percents cute. Witnessed by a family in Princeton, New Jersey, there are baby foxes in a group discovered at their backyard. The family went weak by the knees when they look into the sweet innocent-looking eyes.

While the adults growl, bark, and make another combative call, the babies whine which made right after birth, and yelp which made around 19 days after birth. Baby foxes also make an explosive call at the age of around one month in a sound of high pitch howl.

Pet Fox

It’s been mentioned before that it’s legal to trade baby foxes. Now, is it also legal to have them as pets? Well, apparently the legality of keeping foxes as pets is depending on the government policy within your place.

Let’s take Canada for an example. While six provinces there including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Newfoundland, and Nunavut prohibit the possession of Red Fox, Arctic Fox, and a few other species for personal interests, seven others permit it. The all seven provinces are British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Yukon Territories, and Quebec.

Baby Animal Names

English language has so many terms to describe something that other languages don’t. And it also applies to naming baby animals. Baby cats, baby dogs, baby elephants, and other baby animals are not just ‘babies’ by the name. They have term to be referred to. Here are some of them in alphabetical order.

  • Baby Ants are antlings.
  • Baby Bears are cubs.
  • Baby Bees are larva.
  • Baby Cats are kittens.
  • Baby Chickens are chicks, or pullets for young hens, or cockrells for young roosters.
  • Baby Crocodiles are hatchlings.
  • Baby Doers are fawns.
  • Baby Dogs are pups.
  • Baby Ducks are ducklings.
  • Baby Elephants are calves, calf for singular.
  • Baby Fishes are fingerlings or fries; fry for singular.
  • Baby Flies are maggots.
  • Baby Frogs are tadpoles, polliwogs, or froglets.
  • Baby Goats are kids or billy.
  • Baby Geese are goslings.
  • Baby Grasshoppers are nymphs.
  • Baby Horses are foals, or colts for young males, or fillies for young females.
  • Baby Jellyfishes are ephynas.
  • Baby Kangaroos are joeys.
  • Baby Monkeys are infants.
  • Baby Owls are owlets or fledglings.
  • Baby Pigs are piglets, shoats, or farrows.
  • Baby Sheep are lambs, lambkins, or cossets.
  • Baby Skunks are kits.
  • Baby Snakes are snakelets, neonates, or hatchling snakes.
  • Baby Spiders are spiderlings.
  • Baby Swans are cygnets or flappers.

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox is one of twenty five species fox has. What differs a fennec from other foxes is its large ears which functions to remove heat. It also has the smallest proportion in canid species in the world. Another characteristic from Fennec Fox is its fluffy coat which often has cream color. During the day, the coat protects the fox from heat, while at night it works as a warmer.

People can find Fennec Foxes in the Sinai Peninsula, the Arabian Desert, and in the Sahara desert of North Africa. Because of their living place, they have adapted the functions of the ears, kidney, and coat to desert environment which high in temperature and low in water. Fennec Fox is quite carnivorous. It eats small mammals, birds, and insects.

To survive, families of fennecs inhabit the dens they dig out in sand. The dens could be as wide as 120 m2 where then they adjoin with other families’ dens. Perhaps because of they spend most of their time in the dens, it is hard to know the exact population figures. However, one thing for sure is that Fennec Fox is currently not gone extinct. It is known by the frequency of sightings.

Baby Fox Name

Like how all baby animals have their own name to call, baby foxes also have one. They are mostly called kit, pup, or cubs. They call differently based on where they live. In the southern part of America, people often call them as kits.

While we’re at it, different terms are not only applied to baby foxes but also to their female and male adults. We call the females as vixen and the males as dogs or tods. When they are in a group, we call them a skulk or a leash of foxes.

Baby Fox Pictures

There are a lot of baby fox’ pictures on the internet. People uploaded them online thinking they are cute and want to share the cuteness to the whole world. Like in Instagram, for example. Try to type in ‘babyfox’ in the search tags, you will find more than 53,000 public posts related to it and 2,400 public posts more related to ‘babyfoxes’ tag. Buzzfeed in one of its article says, “If you Instagram anything, it better be adorable.” And it’s right!

Fox Den

It has been mentioned above under Fennec Fox sub-heading that they dig up their own dens to make habitation and protection. Red Fox also dig up their own dens. It is generally a burrow under the ground. But that doesn’t mean they cannot live above the ground. Cozy hollow is okay for them.

The vixens give birth to their cubs also inside the dens with the assistance of a non-breeding sister. We call it ‘aunt’ in human family tree. Two weeks after being born, the cubs’ eyes and ears start to open. And not until four weeks they emerge from the dens.

Buy a Baby Fox

To trade foxes, baby foxes in this case, and to keep them as pets are two different things, though they are still coherent one to another. Why would people buy a baby fox if not to keep it as a pet, right? Moreover, every highlight in online store that sell foxes and their babies claim that the ones they sell are easy to tame and perfect to be pets.

However, trading baby foxes and keeping them as pets differs in the legality. While it is legal to sell and buy them, to make them as people personal possession is on another policy. Not every country allows its citizen to have a pet fox. Or to be more specific, not every state or province in a country allows its citizen to have a pet fox.

Well, if you’re still curious as where to buy a baby fox, try to search for it online. There are some trusted online stores like Tiny Tracks and Exotic Animals as references. Or there is Lost River Game Farm, a site that accommodates hunters to hunt together and sell their catch. The site also provides baby foxes at age four to six weeks.

Marble Fox

Marble Fox is one of the species which acquire its coloration not from nature but from the intervention of human. It occurs as color phases, a genetic mutation, as the result from Red Fox breeding. Marble Fox gets the name from its black or tan and white colors. The dark colors appear across the ears and the face. It is bolded more by the beautiful white fur.

Arctic Fox

From seven genuses of foxes there are in this world, more or less than twenty five species live. The most species is from genus Vulpes. Vulpes has thirteen species including the Arctics. Arctic Fox is a small fox that best recognized for its thick and warm fur. The coat is the form of the adaptation with the place it lives in. The Arctics normally come with rounded body shape. It has a certain purpose of minimizing the escape of body heat.

Unlike the fennecs which quite carnivorous, Arctic Fox eat not only meat from other animals like fish, seabirds, lemmings, voles, and the pups of ringed seal, but also eat berries, carrion, and seaweed. You can smell romance and harmonious life from the pairs of Arctic Fox because they go with one mate and stay together to raise their babies. Moreover, they get help from other family members in raising them.

The Vocalizations Baby Fox Called

While the adults bark as a sign to warn as well as to defense, and growl as an indication to head to their location, the babies make their own calling. Baby foxes whine as soon as they are born. The whine occurs at a high note when they are hungry and when they are feeling cold. Their whining encourages the mother to care for them.

Baby foxes yelp, too. This sound is made 19 days after they are born. The only sound they make during their first days of life turns into yelps that often occurs when they play. They also let out a sound of a high pitch howl to threaten other baby foxes or intruders.

Baby Fox Pet

The question is: can we have baby fox pet? Unlike a baby dog or a baby cat, you cannot take baby fox from the wild and bring them home. Wild baby foxes are wild animals. They are tame when they’re babies, but when they’re growing up, do not ask. The only kind of foxes you can keep as pets are domesticated foxes which bred at Novosibirsk, Siberia. What is domesticated foxes? They are foxes that breed to emphasize particular traits. Boldly saying, they are changed at the genetic level.

Domesticating fox is one thing, and fox legality is the other. Yes, to have a baby fox pet means you have to look through your government policy: whether it is legal or illegal to keep foxes as personal possession. Foxes and Friends has made the list of worldwide fox legality for us. Here is a few.

  • 27 states in the United States say foxes are not legal, including Alabama, California, and Georgia.
  • 7 provinces in Canada say foxes are legal, including Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia.
  • Only two countries in Europe, which are Ireland and Italy, say foxes are not legal except Italy allows Russian domesticated foxes that come with paperwork.
  • No country in Oceana (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and surrounding islands) says foxes are legal.

We Call the Male as Fox Dog

A dog is what we call an adult male fox, while a vixen is for an adult female fox. A group of foxes is known as skulk or leash. When a dog and a vixen mate and have babies, they become a good pair of parents. They live together until the babies are turning seven months old. During the first seven months of their babies’ lives, the vixen stays with the babies in the den while the dog brings food in.

What’s a Baby Fox Called

We call a baby fox as a kit, a cub, or a pup. Apparently, it is according to where you live to call a baby fox with which name. In the southern region of United States, people there often call a baby fox with a kit, while in the United Kingdom, they call it a cub. Or, it is according to your preference.

Red Fox

Red Foxes is the most common seen species of all foxes. They often appear as cartoon movie characters. Its large size and capability to easily adapt to new environment are what differentiate them from other species. This species is also the one that undergo domestication in Siberia which successfully resulted in the Domesticated silver fox. It is a red fox with silver fur.

Red Foxes can be seen practically everywhere, from North Africa to the Arctic Circle as well as from North America to Eurasia. Though they are red foxes, they often give birth to other color individuals as well, like melanists and albinos. They often change color according to the season.

Facts about Baby Foxes

You might not know some things about baby foxes, but here is one absolute fact that is globally known: baby foxes are acutely cute. The rest are as follows.

  • At one time, a vixen could give birth to six kits on average.
  • Baby foxes are born blind with closing their eyes and ears. They open their eyes after nine days.
  • A kit emerges for the first time from the den four weeks after being born.
  • Buying a baby fox as a pet can cost you around USD 9,000.
  • Once a kit is old enough to have meat, the mother purposefully vomits up the food she’s swallowed to feed its baby.

So, there you’ve read them; some facts about baby foxes, the males and the females. Is it the end, then? Well, the world is still rotating; by any means it is still possible to discover some other new information about them. Who knows? They might have some secrets we don’t know about, right?

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