The red, gray or Arctic fox inspires fable and song. My post, “The fox, the hare and the chef,” I consider one of my best pieces of blog work.
I am starting a page about the fox and will add links as they become available. To start, here are some photographs of foxes:
Species map of fox. This is a graph of the species of fox, including over fifty (50) subspecies. By clicking on the links of this species map, photographs and pertinent information emerges. A nice site for launching into fox datum. Quite nicely done. Includes a map of range, food habits, reproduction, behavior and habitat description.
Scientific studies of fox populations. Here is a listing of scientific studies of fox populations, a bibliography from Google. Most of these article references require a JSTOR account. Check your local library or university library to see if they have an account you can access rather than to drop a lot of money for reprint of these articles, one of which costs $40.00.
Common gray fox in Texas. Basic information about the gray fox in Texas, an elementary introduction.
The Kitsune Page: Foxes, Fox Myths and Stories From Around the World. A good site with references to world-wide stories of the fox with especial attention to Japanese lore. This site has a good resource page of books about fox lore and stories. Some connections to Aesop’s fables. Artful website.
Here is a video from the Public Broadcasting System of a red fox hunting for mice in the snow: Video: Red Fox Hunts Mice.
Aesop’s fables have several stories associated with the fox: Aesop’s Fables index with fox associations.
[Marie, The Rambling Wren blog, ‘The Red Fox.’] …The fox stood stock still in the middle of the lane. We watched each other silently for 10 or 15 seconds, then the fox turned to go. But she paused, then sat down and looked back at me. She seemed unsure how to proceed, and kept looking up the secondary driveway we use for moving trailers and the RV. There’s a large woodpile there, an old barn the previous owners had dismantled elsewhere and brought here, planning to reconstruct. But the project was never finished, and we now have habitat for all sorts of critters–rabbits and woodchucks, chipmunks, feral cats, and now, perhaps, red fox. Had she moved her kits there, I wondered?… [Click link above to continue.]
- Meeting a fox in the snow (seattletimes.nwsource.com)