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Original Artwork - Charlie original - Fox Portrait

Original watercolour study of a good coloured adult red fox.
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Original Details
Size 480mm x 500mm (framed)
Washlined, double-mounted and framed (gold distressed) Price £600
Carriage and packing £25

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The dog fox (male) stands around 35cms to shoulder, 67cm long and weighs around 6.5kg. The vixen (female) is slightly smaller and lacks cheek ruffs and has a shorter coat. The coat is rust to flame-red on top, and white to black below. The tip of the brush (tail) is often white and around 43cm long. They are secretive nocturnal animals living underground in an earth, where the vixen gives birth and rears her young (cubs). A member of the canidae family, the fox resembles a dog, but has a slinking gait and pouncing movements similar to a cat. Red foxes have the most expansive geographical distribution of any wild carnivore. They are found throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere, as well as in Australia and North Africa. They are also the world's most successful coloniser after man. The hunting of foxes has had a remarkable influence on human history since man has killed foxes since time immemorial; they are perceived as vermin (a predator of stock or game, or a health hazard) and are killed to limit depredations, or are perceived as a resource, either as quarry or as a furbearer with a valuable pelt. Foxes usually live in highly complex groups of one dog fox and several related vixens. Some vixens do not breed at all, but stay with the group to share maternal duties, baby-sitting and bringing food for their sisters. Motherhood is highly valued among foxes. As the vixen lies with her new cubs (around five) in the earth, she does nothing but nurse them, whilst the dog fox waits on her. Sexually mature at 10months, foxes court and mate in the winter for birth in the spring. The cubs, like dogs and cats are born blind and are unable to see for between 11 and 14 days when their eyes first open. Foxes can communicate with scent, can hunt by scent, and can be hunted by scent. They mark territory with urine; use their tail glands during the breeding season; leave anal sac excretions on some droppings (billet); and emit oily secretions from the scent glands located between their toes. It is this scent which is deposited on the ground that hounds are able to follow. Foxes have has acute hearing and are also able to find the smallest worm or beetle aided by their sharply pricked ears. Foxes are opportunistic hunters and scavengers, and will eat almost anything, including small mammals, birds, rodents, carrion, earthworms, and hedgerow fruit. Their strong jaws and digestive juices are able to cope with most mammal carcases.

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