A man wears a face mask as a red fox boldly stands his ground
A man wears a face mask as a red fox boldly stands his ground
Photo: Reuters
A red fox stands in an empty park in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon

Emboldened by closures, foxes prowl an ancient port city in Israel

Red Foxes emerge from seclusion looking for food in the now easily reachable trash bins and dumps in the southern city of Ashkelon, which lies empty due to the coronavirus epidemic

Reuters |
Published: 04.22.20 , 19:22
Red foxes have been making appearances in the southern city of Ashkelon, drawn out from the seclusion of the desert dunes by the coronavirus lockdown that has kept people off the streets.
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  • The animals, usually a rare sight in busy urban areas, have a biblical resonance. In the Book of Lamentations, the Jewish temple site in Jerusalem is described as so desolate that “foxes prowl upon it.”
    A red fox stands in an empty park in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon A red fox stands in an empty park in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon
    A red fox stands in an empty park in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon
    (Photo: Reuters)
    In Judges 15:4, the strong Judge Samson is described as having attached torches to the tails of three hundred foxes, leaving the panicked beasts to run through the fields of the Philistines, burning all in their wake.
    A man wears a face mask as a red fox boldly stands his ground A man wears a face mask as a red fox boldly stands his ground
    A man wears a face mask as a red fox boldly stands his ground
    (Photo: Reuters)
    In Ashkelon, an ancient Mediterranean seaport and now one of Israel’s main southern cities, a family of foxes has become a regular feature – nosing through discarded food, and playing sometimes unfriendly hide-and-seek with dogs in a local park.
    A red fox stands at an empty parking lot A red fox stands at an empty parking lot
    A red fox stands at an empty parking lot
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The Arabin Red Fox is a mostly solitary animal, but may form loosely-knit social groups of a few. They are nomadic, temporarily occupying defined home ranges.
    Its diet consists of rodents, birds, and fish as well as some desert vegetation or even carrion. Arabian foxes live in various environments, including mountains, coasts, deserts, and cities.



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