Red and Arctic Foxes: December 2021

In mythology the fox is often portrayed as a cunning trickster though seldom evil. In a famous fable, a fox tricks a raven out of its dinner through the use of flattery.

Red Foxes coexist with humans in many urban areas and I have been able to photograph a few.

Red Fox with squirrel
Red Fox
Red Fox with squirrel
Red Fox
Red Fox with squirrel
Red Fox
Red Fox with squirrel
Red Fox

This one was in my backyard.

Red Fox from my backyard
Red Fox

A melanistic (meaning “lots of black pigment”) was at Col. Sam Smith Park for a time.

During my recent visit to L’Aquarium du Québec, I was able to photograph some Arctic Foxes.

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

Arctic Foxes are common throughout the Arctic tundra region.

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

This fox preys on lemmings, voles, seal pups, fish, waterfowl and seabirds.

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

 It also eats carrion, berries, seaweed, and insects and other small invertebrates.

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

They, in turn, are preyed on by golden eagles, wolves, polar bears, wolverines and grizzly bears.

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

Arctic Foxes must endure temperature differences of up to 100 degrees C between summer and winter.

Arctic Fox


The Raven and the Fox

Mr. Raven was perched upon a limb,
And Reynard the Fox looked up at him;
For the Raven held in his great big beak
A morsel the Fox would go far to seek.

Said the Fox, in admiring tones: “My word!
Sir Raven, you are a handsome bird.
Such feathers! If you would only sing,
The birds of these woods would call you King.”

The Raven, who did not see the joke,
Forgot that his voice was just a croak.
He opened his beak, in his foolish pride –
And down fell the morsel the Fox had spied.

“Ha-ha!” said the Fox. “And now you see
You should not listen to flattery.
Vanity, Sir is a horrid vice –
I’m sure the lesson is worth the price.”

En français

Maître Corbeau, sur un arbre perché,
Tenait en son bec un fromage.
Maître Renard, par l’odeur alléché,
Lui tint à peu près ce langage :

«Hé ! bonjour, Monsieur du Corbeau.
Que vous êtes joli ! que vous me semblez beau !
Sans mentir, si votre ramage
Se rapporte à votre plumage,

Vous êtes le Phénix des hôtes de ces bois.»
A ces mots le Corbeau ne se sent pas de joie ;
Et pour montrer sa belle voix,
Il ouvre un large bec, laisse tomber sa proie.

Le Renard s’en saisit, et dit : «Mon bon Monsieur,
Apprenez que tout flatteur
Vit aux dépens de celui qui l’écoute :
Cette leçon vaut bien un fromage, sans doute.»
Le Corbeau, honteux et confus,
Jura, mais un peu tard, qu’on ne l’y prendrait plus.

Jean De La Fontaine

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Red and Arctic Foxes: December 2021

  1. Gloria James

    We have a fox pair around our neighborhood. The male is much larger than the female. They seem very aware of traffic and are cautious.


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