Fox shot the Hunter

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Red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Surrey, England, 2008

Fox shot the Hunter

In the forest near the village of Old Podduby, which is located in the Grodno region of Belarus, a hunter was injured and was hospitalized. As reported Telegraf.by , the man claims that he was shot by the fox.

40-year old villager said that while hunting he wounded the fox, and then decided to finish off the animal but, when he pulled the fox from the ground, she accidentally touched the trigger, and the gun fired. Hunter received a perforating wound hip.

At present wounded Belarusian is in hospital. Authorities are checking all versions, up to one that a hunter could have been shot by another person, or he wanted to commit suicide” –

Fox Hunting in Belarus permitted year-round.

General characteristics

In the wild, foxes can live for up to 10 years, but most foxes only live for 2 to 3 years due to hunting, road accidents and diseases. Foxes are generally smaller than other members of the family Canidae such as wolves, jackals, and domestic dogs. Reynards (male foxes) weigh on average, 5.9 kilograms (13 lb) and vixens (female foxes) weigh less, at around 5.2 kilograms (11.5 lb). Fox-like features typically include a distinctive muzzle (a “fox face”) and bushy tail. Other physical characteristics vary according to habitat. For example, the fennec fox (and other species of fox adapted to life in the desert, such as the kit fox) has large ears and short fur, whereas the Arctic fox has tiny ears and thick, insulating fur. Another example is the red fox which has a typical auburn pelt, the tail normally ending with white marking. Litter sizes can vary greatly according to species and environment – the Arctic Fox for example, has an average litter of four to five, with eleven as maximum.

Unlike many canids, foxes are not usually pack animals. Typically, they live in small family groups, and are opportunistic feeders that hunt live prey (especially rodents). Using a pouncing technique practised from an early age, they are usually able to kill their prey quickly. Foxes also gather a wide variety of other foods ranging from grasshoppers to fruit and berries.

Foxes are normally extremely wary of humans and are not usually kept as indoor pets; however, the silver fox was successfully domesticated in Russia after a 45 year selective breeding program. This selective breeding also resulted in physical and behavioral traits appearing that are frequently seen in domestic cats, dogs, and other animals, such as pigmentation changes, floppy ears, and curly tails.

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