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Pet Blanford's fox

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Re: Pet Blanford's fox

Postby Minty » Sat Jan 16, 2016 4:23 pm

Very cute, if different species of fox could interbreed, this is what I imagine a grey x fennec would look like.
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Re: Pet Blanford's fox

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:53 pm

They are unique looking. They seem to play a mix of mongoose and some dog. If I ever win the lottery I'll import some for breeding along with my mongooses :)
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Re: Pet Blanford's fox

Postby Minty » Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:00 pm

In that case, I hope you win the lottery and get a breeding pair :lol: They are awfully interesting either way
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:32 pm

They are cites two so not impossible to import. I'd work with an importer and talk with Shari since they had imported some fennecs before, also cites two. My main hurdle is getting some land to be able to set up large pens for wild breeding pairs.

Researching them though even wild ones show little to no natural fear of humans. That greatly improves your odds of breeding them in captivity as they'd not be too stressed with nice big enclosures for the breeding pairs(monogamous so need pairs not groups).

They really ARE omnivores as their diet is 60-70% vegetable matter mostly fruit the rest is mostly insects but can include some things they scavenge and small mammals and lizards. One study showed vulpes cana foxes in the area mostly ate caper berries in that area while another showed mostly juniper fruit most show capers.

some nutrition info on US juniper couldn't find it on their native species though http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plan ... AL%20VALUE

So for the most part looks like high fiber and high moisture fruits but do eat things like dates that are high fiber but high sugar but this would only be seasonally available so not getting tons of high sugar foods all the time.

In areas near humans they will scavenge dead goats if they find them and raid farms to eat melons and grapes, I'd still not chance giving grapes in captivity just to be sure we don't know for sure it's not effecting the wild one's kidneys.

They are actually not much bigger than fennecs by weight. While places say they can be up to 6 pounds it seems that would be rare as looking at studies they average (2.2-3.5 pounds and none bigger) But despite being about the same weight as fennecs they are kind of taller just leaner.

Study showing foods consumed and sizes(by weight and measurements) ect, juniper berries most common http://www.canids.org/CBC/18/blanfords_ ... jordan.pdf
Study on diet caper berries most common http://jmammal.oxfordjournals.org/conte ... 5.abstract
Diet, water and energy, shows more invertebrates(67%) than fruit but capers again most common fruit http://www.jstor.org/stable/5616
Capers again: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1 ... 2.10637937
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Re: Pet Blanford's fox

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:31 pm

http://www.science.smith.edu/msi/pdf/i0 ... 1-0001.pdf

Very detailed description of them in comparison to other foxes. They can jump up to 9ft high :shock: and bounce back and forth between walls, like their part lemur.

Also they do not bring food to their young they survive solely on milk till they start going out and following mom around to forage for food.

Most closely related to fennec fox

Oh and vulpes cana literally means gray furred fox.
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Re: Pet Blanford's fox

Postby Ash » Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:51 am

Wow! :shock: That's amazing. What interesting little guys they are. You really should get a pair... They would be neat little guys to own. Thanks for posting the videos! I'd never seen one kept as a pet before.
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Re: Pet Blanford's fox

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:01 am

I really want to. They are so unique. They replaced the slender mongooses to be tops on my really wanting to make it happen. Gonna take some time though.
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Re: Pet Blanford's fox

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:35 pm

This would be a lot more interesting if I could understand him but it's great to see they are still being studied. Seeing it get it's head stuck in the trap wiring looks like the 1-1.5" spacing of wiring will be needed like with fennecs. Neat to see them climbing the cliffs.
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Re: Pet Blanford's fox

Postby Ash » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:36 pm

Thought of you when I saw this, Mary. I thought it was too cute, though I'm sure you've already seen it.

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Re: Pet Blanford's fox

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:40 pm

Neat. Can't see to much of them. There's so little out there. Still wish there was an English version of that video where they are studying them.

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