It's Wednesday somewhere. I couldn't write this yesterday because I and my boyfriend were busy going ridiculously out of our way to see The World's End, which wasn't playing in our town for some inexplicable and probably very stupid reason. We made a trip of it, though, eating dinner at Chipotle and seeing the movie straight after. It was a good time.
Blanford's Fox (Vulpes cana) is a small (seriously, tiny) fox that can be found in the Middle East. Identification is sometimes difficult because it is also called the Afghan fox, the royal fox, dog fox, hoary fox, steppe fox, black fox, king fox, Baluchistan fox or cliff fox. These common names are also applied to two other species (Corsac Fox and Hoary Fox) that inhabit the same region, so it's hard to know when you've got the right fox.
Typical of desert foxes, Blanford's Fox has large ears that help it regulate its body temperature by dissipating head. Unlike most desert foxes, however, it does not have any fur covering the bottom of its feet, which protects the feet of other foxes from hot desert sand and rock. This could be because Blanford's Fox is not only found in arid desert and semi-arid climate, but also steppes and mountains (Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkestan, Iran, Pakistan, the West Bank and Israel).
Blanford's Foxes are astonishing jumpers, and have been observed to make vertical leaps of 3 meters to rock ledges above them. They weigh only 1.5 Kg, and measure 42 cm from nose to the base of their tail. Their fluffy tails are about 12 inches long and are used as a counterbalance when navigating rocky slopes.
Female Blanford's Foxes will give birth to 2 to 4 kits after a gestation period of 55 days. They are omnivores that tend to favor grapes, melons, chives and insects. Little is known about this fox other than their range and distribution. It's currently listed as Least Concern by the IUCN, but is a protected species in Israel, and it is illegal to hunt them in Oman and Yemen.