Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day three hundred and thirty-seven of that project.
Most of us are familiar with how pretty foxes are.
We had a couple that had really beautiful coats this year. I attribute it to all the eggs it ate.
Asa would put cracked eggs out in a bucket and the fox would come and pick one up and take it home, again and again. We use electric fences to protect our hens and rarely have a problem.
Foxes behave more like cats than dogs. They are mostly nocturnal and with their slanted pupils, they can see very well in dim light. They use their whiskers to navigate, and like cats, they stalk and pounce on their prey.
A male fox is called a dog and a female is a vixen. Fox families are called a skulk or leash of foxes.
The litter size is 1-11 pups and they will live in an underground den for 7 months raising the pups. At first, only the dog will hunt. Later the Vixen will also hunt.
They prefer to be solitary when they are not raising young. If you have a fox den very close to you, you will probably know because foxes are smelly! They are also very playful, they have been known to steal golf balls from golf courses to play with them.
Foxes have 40 different sounds they make to communicate the most common one to hear is a scream-yip sound usually at night.
One night while laying in bed waiting for sleep I heard that sound for the first time and said to my husband, “What is that sound that sounds like a baby pterodactyl?”
He laughed at me and said, “How do you know what a baby pterodactyl sounds like?”
I told him I was a little-known authority on the matter and asked again if he knew what that sound was.
He then told me it was a fox. I got out of bed and looked out my window and there under the safety light next door was indeed a fox.