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Wednesday Woof - Vulpes bengalensis Edition

It's still Wednesday. Surprise, surprise, my boyfriend also got sick with the flu. So he's in the same boat I was a couple of days ago, except that the difference is he takes up the entire couch, while when I was in that stage I made a nest of blankets and pillows on the floor and refused to move. I was surrounded by a home-made minefield of used tissues. That's still pretty much the case, except I've ceded the living room floor and am fortifying my bedroom instead.

The Indian Fox (Vulpes bengalensis) can be found primarily on the Indian subcontinent, from the Himalayan foothills to southeastern Bangladesh. It's also known as the Bengal Fox.


They are small animals, weighing only up to 9 pounds (4.1 Kg) and measuring 18 (46 cm) inches in body length, with a 10-inch (25 cm) tail. The hue of the coat varies from tawny to more of a grayish color, but the tips of their tails are always black.

Indian Foxes are crepuscular, preferring to spend the day hiding and sleeping in dens they dig themselves. These dens are often complex, with many tunnels, chambers and several escape routes. They feed primarily on rodents, insects, crabs, reptiles and even fruit.


Indian Foxes can form lifelong mated pairs, but they are not exclusively monogamous. Extra-pair matings have been observed to occur. Female Indian Foxes will give birth to a litter of two to four pups after a gestation period of 50 to 60 days. Both the mother and the father will raise them, though pup mortality is high before they're weaned at three months.


Indian Foxes are hunted for their pelts and for their flesh, and much of their habitat remains unprotected. The conversion of its habitat to agricultural development has had a huge impact on population densities. Canine distemper and rabies, spread from the large populations of un-vaccinated dogs that roam around human settlements in its range are also a major threat.

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