Kirby the dog has an unexpected playmate when a fox living in the neighborhood comes by for a visit.

Kirby's guardians suspect the fox might think Kirby's a fox as he kind of looks like one.

"This fox lives near our house and has interacted with our dog quite a bit, but this was definitely the craziest encounter we have seen between them. We now regularly hear that crazy bird-like scream the fox makes…" Ki Steiner says.

Fox is a common visitor to gardens and farmland, and can be found in almost every habitat. It is a highly adaptable species, scavenging on whatever food is available, and even venturing into towns and cities for scraps.

Most fox vocalizations are quiet and used for communication between individuals in close proximity. The most unusual is called "gekkering;" it's a guttural chattering with occasional yelps and howls, like an ack-ack-ack-ackawoooo-ack-ack-ack. Gekkering is heard amongst adults in close encounters and also amongst young kits playing (or play-fighting).



Responses to "Unexpected Playmate: Fox Wants Dog To Come And Play With Her "

  1. Anonymous says: we know what the fox says......Lol

  2. Anonymous says:

    Have occasionally heard this call in rural areas, but was never sure what animal was causing it. The call does sound rather like the high, hoarse bark of a dog. Or course they are canines too. Cute story. Pretty fox and nice dog.

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