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How Foxes Hunt For Their Prey

It’s believed that foxes make use of the Earth’s magnetic field to hunt down their prey. Apparently, they are the only animal in the world to make use of the field to judge direction and distance. Both researches done in Germany and United States believe these animals have innate augmented reality system that enables them make this happen.

How Foxes Hunt


They do a lot of hunting at dusk and dawn; however they can hunt any time. Foxes hunt by stalking their prey. They have a good hearing ability and use pouncing technique that helps the kill their prey very fast. They listen for movement of the prey under the snow during winter or underground & use a combination of digging and pouncing to get to the prey. With larger animals like a rabbit, they stalk until they are very close, however they wait till the prey turns to run away is when they attack.

These animals are extremely territorial & more often than not claim about 13 square kilometers (5 square miles) of space as their own. They constantly patrol on the lookout for prey, urinating on the way to remind them where they have looked and also to help them ward off others. In their path there are numerous dens and burrows that provide shelter as well as food storage space.

Being nocturnal, foxes hunt mainly at night and rest during day time. They not only have an excellent sense of hearing but also have a perfect sense of smell, which helps them to specifically hone in on their prey before they sneak up the prey with feline-like prowess. Incredibly, some foxes have discovered that more feeding opportunities are available during the day than at night and have changed their feeding habits to suit humans they live alongside, frequently visiting gardens to hoping to find table scraps left out for them.

Want to see how foxes hunt in the snow?

Far from being fussy eaters, foxes normally scavenge whatever is on menu that day, whether it is last night’s leftovers from the rubbish bin, a lowly earthworm or a bird fallen from the nest. Foxes are omnivores, so they eat insects, fruit, small mammals and also berries and fruits. This means they can thrive very well in urban and rural areas.