Fox's Socks: A Lift-the-flap Story (Tales From Acorn Wood, 1)
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Ever wondered how or when or why foxes were known to be one of the spirit animals a human could have? It appears to come from Native American mythology: Foxes are considered a minor animal spirit associated with intelligence and wisdom in the Northeast, Midwest and Plains tribes. It's believed they would occasionally help people or animals in problem-solving or punishing a careless or arrogant person. Meanwhile, the notion that the fox is conniving, cunning and a scoundrel may have come from the Quecha and other Andean Indians: the animal often appears in folktales as a thief and greedy, so it's generally considered a bad omen in these cultures. It's fascinating how vastly different beliefs are. So, why have we got foxes on our soxes? Humans Hunt
Fox hunting for fur is a huge reason many of them end up killed. Their luscious autumn-coloured fur is attractive to fur traders and, although the industry has declined in recent years due to declining prices and activism, hunting for the sport has persisted. However, it has become illegal to do so with hounds. Interference with habitat & Illnesses
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Foxes are part of the dog family. Males are called 'tod' or 'dog fox'; females are called 'vixens' and kids are 'pups', 'kits or 'cubs. Though despite this, foxes have commonalities with cats: their pupils are vertical slits, they're most active at night, they have whiskers, and they're the only type of dog to have retractable claws. Not to mention, their hunting habits are more similar to a cat's: stalking and pouncing on their prey. At this point, you're probably wondering, well then why are foxes classified as dogs? Foxes fit right into that; the only thing that might vary is the legs. Now, socially, canids are mostly social animals and live together in family units or small groups. They're generally cooperative. Foxes, once adults, are unlikely to follow that norm, but in the Canidae family, only the dominant pair in a group breeds, and a litter of young are reared annually in an underground den. This part does match up with foxes, who live in burrows they've dug up underground when they have cubs. As a result, genetically, they match up more with canines than felines. What about that, unless they have young, foxes live solitary lives- hunting and sleeping alone, more or less making them lone wolves? If they've got young, they'll live in underground burrows.