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Forest fox

An adult Forest Fox.

The Forest Fox is a small hunter species native to the Forest. It is the first one of two kinds of foxes, the other one being the White Fox.

BiologyEdit

Forest foxes are native to the Forest as there name implies. They have striking orange-brown fur on there bodies with black fur on there ears and legs and distinctive white fur on there bellies and on the tips of there tails. The fur is coloured this way because it helps the fox to blend into it's forest home, the fur itself is shorter in Summer months to keep the fox cool in the warm weather, whilst in Winter the foxes fur grows and becomes thicker to keep it warm.

A small hunter, forest foxes often weigh no more than 15 pounds and are around three feet long. Forest foxes are incredibly adaptive and cunning, they feed on a wide variety of small animals including mice, rats, voles, shrews, moles, rabbits and birds up to the size of a swan. However, foxes also eat a variety of plants, berries and insects. Such a wide diet means that foxes rarely go hungry. To further show there cunningness Forst foxes will often follow a arger hunter, such as a Forest Bear, Forest wolf pack or a Lynx from a distance and wait untill they make a kill. Onnce the larger hunter has eaten it's fill, the fox will then move in and eat it's fill meaning the fox gets a large meal without having to waste energy hunting and killing it for itself. Forest Foxes are also known to climb into low birds nests to eat eggs and chicks, and have even been seen leaoing into lakes to catch fish.

Forest foxes are typically solitary, the exception comes in the Winter when two foxes will breed and have cubs. Forest foxes seldom dig there own dens, instead they use tree roots, caves or dens exscavated by other animals, such as badgers. Both parents feed and protect the cubs untill they are 4 months old, at which point the cubs leave to fend for themselves. Fox cubs mature much faster than other forest hunters, for example a Forest Wolf or Bear cub would stay with it's parents untill it was two years old. Once the cubs have left, the parent foxes go there separate ways.

Because of there small size, Forest Foxers are in danger of being eaten by larger hunterssuch as Forest Wolves or Bears. Lynxes, Dogs and Wolverines will also sometimes kill foxes, and Eagle Owls are known to swoop down and eat foxes at night. The foxes small size however, also means that it can easily outrun most attackers and dart quckly underneath rocks or into burrows to escape. Forest Foxes also have very keen senses that allow them to keep constant vigill for danger. 

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