Gray Fox Climbing Trees

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Rare footage of Gray Fox climbing a tree several times over two nights- and fast climbing too – with the ability to hold onto a vertical tree trunk while standing – in this case to eat suet meant for birds. Foxes are now addicted to suet. Video clearly shows the foxes technique. Very athletic and agile – the gray fox’s ability to climb trees is shared only with the Asian Raccoon Dog among all canids. Its strong, hooked claws allow it to scramble up trees to escape many predators such as the domestic dog or the coyote, or to reach tree-bound or arboreal food sources.

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5 Responses

  1. violetxoxox says:

    I only recently learned that gray foxes are one of only two canids in the entire world that climb trees. They have hooked claws that enable them to climb like cats. They can even have their dens up in trees, 30 feet above the ground. That's so cool!

  2. fanaber70 says:

    The only tree-climbing fox species.

  3. Mike Frak says:

    Yikes! Yet another thing to worry about for my free-range chickens. I thought they were safe up in their trees at night.

  4. Howling Burd19 says:

    Canines are learning to climb!? They're evolving!!!!

  5. PanamaSticks says:

    I saw a grey fox walk calmly right across the street where I work, and up a tree. I was only about 15 yards from him.

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