We have gray foxes out at the house. It’s official. I had them growl VERY menacingly at me from the bushes. That is some very eerie shit, half the time it sounded like an angry puma, the other half like a insane person growling like a mad dog. Really loud buggers too. But I got some pics. Will upload later. [EDIT: pics uploaded on Aug. 21, 2011]
Brandon asked me what a group of foxes is called and thank goodness for Wi Fi, I looked it up on wikipedia. The etymology of the word “fox” is now one of my favorite bits of wikipedia; easily in my top 20. So many fun words, and the part about so many cultures getting their word for “fox” from the tail of the animal is a nice little nugget of knowledge. Enjoy:
The Modern English word “fox” is Old English, and comes from the Proto-Germanic word fukh – compare German Fuchs, Gothic fauho, Old Norse foa and Dutch vos. It corresponds to the Proto-Indo-European word puk- meaning “tail of it” (compare Sanskrit puccha, also “tail”). The bushy tail is also the source of the word for fox in Welsh: llwynog, from llwyn, “bush, grove”. Lithuanian: uodegis, from uodega, “tail”, Portuguese: raposa, from rabo, “tail” and Ojibwa: waagosh, from waa, which refers to the up and down “bounce” or flickering of an animal or its tail. Male foxes are known as dogs or reynards, females as vixen, and young as kits, pups, or cubs. A group of foxes is a “skulk”, “troop” or “earth”.