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Video: Red Fox Storing Food

This Red Fox is doing something known as caching, storing food to be eaten later.

There was much interest and some great feed back on the Kings Park Focus on Nature blog about Red Foxes. So I'm making available some excellent photographs and video submitted by Focus on Nature blog readers Luci Betti Nash and Stephen Nash. These are some really nicely detailed photos of these amazing canines. The video shows a fox engaged in "caching" activity. This is a habit which I detailed in the last blog, in which foxes will store food to be eaten later.

Another reader commented that he was familiar with the den site I described, and remembers it as being in that location from his childhood - decades ago! I think that is a fascinating observation. It is anecdotal information like that from casual observers out enjoying nature which adds to our overall knowledge base. It does not nessecarily require a scientific study to reveal the secrets of nature - just a keen eye and a willingness to learn natures lessons.

See you on the trails!

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Peter Tumminello March 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM
that fox looks healthy....a good sign....any way to tell if it's male/female ?
Donna DeBello Reisinger March 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I see a red fox in my yard very often. It is a beautiful animal. I live near the old Psych center. I wonder how large the population of red foxes is in our area...
Jan Porinchak March 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The red fox males are larger, but unless both sexes are side by side I think it would be difficult to determine, unless you get up close and personal!
Jan Porinchak March 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM
It's hard to say, but the populations fluctuate depending on availability of food like rabbits, voles, etc. I agree, they are beautiful animals - one of my favorites. A reminder of the "wild Long Island" that still exists.
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