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Four Servings of Arctic Fox Cub

Last Friday, lensmen A.J. Haverkamp shot some great images of Zoo Duisburg's baby Arctic foxes. These canids are specially adapted for life in the frigid arctic with thick fur, a compact form, and a special circulation system in their paws. They also have keen hearing, which allows them to precisely locate prey beneath a layer of snow pack. They hunt by diving down beneath the snow and often emerge victorious!

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Mom keeps a watchful eye from higher ground

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Photo Credits: A.J. Haverkamp


A Face Any Mother Would Love

The Everland Zoo in Seoul, Korea is always full of surprises. This time, it's a pair of Bat-eared Fox pups photographed just days ago by In Cherl Kim. Bat-eared Foxes are mostly nocturnal animals that live in small groups consisting of mated pairs and their young. The pairs live in dens and typically raise two to five pups together. Mated pairs are very social and are monogamous, although it is unknown if they mate for life.

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Photo Credits: In Cherl Kim

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Rescued Fox Cubs Reared in the UK

While ZooBorns typically focuses on zoos and aquariums, we couldn't help but share the work of a few of the UK's wild red fox rehabilitation centers. The first one to catch our eye was the Fox Project, which educates the public about foxes and operates a wildlife hospital that takes in around 600 casualty foxes per year including 250 cubs. In March they took in five tiny fox cubs found squealing within a trash bag. The rescuer originally brought them to the RSPCA having mistaken them for dogs.

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Cubs are rehabbed back to the wild when they are around five months old after graduating from a "wilding-up" program. Results are successful in most cases.

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The organization also runs a fox deterrence consultancy that assists people who have problems - actual and perceived - with foxes. The Fox Project believes that this is their most important and beneficial program as it offers an alternative to unnecessary destruction of foxes where deterrent methods are possible - which is nearly always.

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Another organization that got our attention was Wildlife Aid, which operates a 24 emergency line in the UK to facilitate the rescue of a wide variety of wild animals, including little fox cubs. Their most recent arrival, "Bad Attitude" or "B.A." for short, is shown in the video below.

OK... one more... Milly, Molly and Mandy at 5 days old.

Swift Foxes Steal Hearts at the Calgary Zoo

Meet the Calgary Zoo's four newest little swift fox cubs born to father Beren and mother Foxy Cleopatra (yeah, you read that right) on April 22nd. Swift foxes were hunted to extinction within Canada in the 1930s but have slowly recovered from isolated populations in the United States with the help of reintroduction efforts. Today swift foxes are threatened by habitat destruction and fragmentation from natural resource exploitation in their remote prairie homelands.

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Mischievous Maned Wolf Cubs

The Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland welcomed four Maned Wolf cubs in March which are just now starting to venture out of the den. The first two pictures were taken more recently and the second two show the tiny cubs in their den, albeit a bit unclearly. Thanks to Lesley4444 for sharing.

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Although often called a "red fox on stilts," the Maned Wolf is not closely related to any other living canid (dogs and wolves, foxes, and related species). Their long legs help them see over tall grasses in their native South America. 

Mom in all her long-legged glory.
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