A Skulk of Foxes

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”.[1] Lithuanian: uodegis, from uodega, “tail”, Portuguese: raposa, from rabo, “tail”[2] and Ojibwa: waagosh, from waa, which refers to the up and down “bounce” or flickering of an animal or its tail.[3] Male foxes are known as dogs or reynards, females as vixen, and young as kits, pups, or cubs.[4] A group of foxes is a “skulk”, “troop” or “earth”.


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