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Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes


A red fox, or Vulpes vulpes; apparently (I learned from a quick Wikipedia) there's some argument over whether northern Maine's foxes deserve to be recognized as a distinctive subspecies, Vulpes vulpes rubricosa, or are part of the larger community of New England red foxes, Vulpes vulpes fulva. This sort of disagreement makes me feel good about humanity. (Of course, as anyone from north of Augusta knows, V. v. rubricosa is *clearly* a distinctive subspecies. No question about it.) With the snows melting and temperature rising, this little fellow has been quite actively lately. His name is Lafayette; some people say nature shouldn't be anthropomorphized, but I think that's silly.


I'd like to know: why the white-tipped tail?

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KarenL 11 years ago

Lovely spot!

9brandon 12 years ago

Come to think of it, I don't know if Lafayette's a male ... I've just assumed it! Because ... um .... hmmm. Too many assumptions to unpack comfortably :)

galewhale..Gale 12 years ago

V. v. rubricosa ... I like it! Just like the human species is different south of Augusta eh?

My fox does not have a white tip to his tail, so it is strange. And what is anthropomorphic about ascribing individuality to animals? I think it is anthropocentric not to! All right Lafayette! Really enjoy your series shows a lot of his character (any idea if it is a male?)

animaisfotos 12 years ago

Its a wonderful series. Love them all. The description really made me thinking (again) on human-nature (how hard can it be to add nature to human instead of subtracting it?!). Thanks for sharing.

9brandon 12 years ago

Thanks much -- just getting the hang of this.

Go back to look at your picture and you will see it says "edit spotting" just above and to the right of the main picture, click on that and you can add or edit as you wish. You may have to reselect the category afterwards.
The photos sometimes appear live before you have finished the rest of the screen and saved it.

9brandon 12 years ago

Indeed! (And I didn't realize the photograph had uploaded, otherwise would have labeled it. Such a handsome devil he is :)

galewhale..Gale 12 years ago

Like the intimacy of this photo... a glimpse of a itch scratched with vigor

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Bangor, Maine, USA

Spotted on Mar 10, 2011
Submitted on Mar 11, 2011

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