Foxes on a trampoline

Now isn’t this better than snakes on a plane? I suppose I’m on a fox kick this week.


  1. Posted January 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Yes, you certainly seem to be on a Fox News roll this week…

  2. Snuffy Smith
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Clearly, the fox on the right is a hominid.

  3. Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to see some antelopes pronking on a trampoline next!

    • Posted January 6, 2013 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Actually, I was just thinking that this isn’t that much different from what the young antelope was doing….


  4. jesse
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I had found this same video months ago and laughed and laughed. It had one of the more acceptible youtube comments on it, “That’s so cute I had to punch myself 40 times in the face to get my manliness back.”

    There is something truly lovely about the pounce behavior of foxes and coyotes. I think part of it is the way the ears cup forward during the motion. These guys are really, really cute.
    Another thing I like about foxes is their black eyeliner, which was evident in that fox fetch video the other day. Black eyeliner on cats, too, is very beautiful.
    I often try to figure out why some animals or color variations are visually more appealing than others are.

    You seem quite interested in interspecific animal interactions. I did find two amazing ones on youtube you might be interested in.

    One of them shows two chicken “police” breaking up a domestic rabbit fight (it might have been rabbit sex, I am not sure).

    Another one shows a tethered donkey and a dog playing tag. The video is long but you only need to watch a minute of it to see that these animals are having a good time.

    • Marella
      Posted January 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      This is cute too but the dog cheats!

      • jesse
        Posted January 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

        Yeah the dog does cheat. And I’ve was thinking that maybe it is not 100% innocent play, either, since it’s a cattle dog which is a herding/droving breed and the donkey’s ears are back part of the time, and he does attempt to bite and kick the dog. The donkey is a bit of a captive in this situation.
        Oh well, at least they are both getting exercise!

        • Diane G.
          Posted January 6, 2013 at 12:47 am | Permalink

          Those were fascinating, jesse. Thanks for posting them.

          • jesse
            Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink

            The funny thing about the rabbit/chicken interaction is that the intent of the chickens is not quite clear. I suppose if you have chickens and other animals you would over time get a better understanding of such interactions, and to try to understand what their intentions were.
            If you watch the chicken at the rear, in the last moments he gives his rabbit one more quick kick for no apparent reason, as if to have the last word or to drive home a point–I’d be curious to know what caused that.
            Too funny.

  5. jesse
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    sorry about the embedding. I did this same thing last time and it did not embed. Sorry

  6. Dominic
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Have a look at this from the Beeb a few days ago on Arctic Foxes & watch the amazing video clip of a red fox climbing through a fence – so cat-like!

    • jesse
      Posted January 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      Gosh, that fox was more like an octopus squeezing inside a bottle!

    • Marella
      Posted January 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      That was amazing!

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 6, 2013 at 12:49 am | Permalink

      Hard to type with my jaw on the floor!

      • Dominic
        Posted January 7, 2013 at 3:54 am | Permalink

        I had to watch it three times to take it in!

    • Notagod
      Posted January 6, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      Wow! The head and shoulders sure but how did that fox know the fat old tail wouldn’t get stuck. 🙂 Chicken wire smicken smire.

  7. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    That’s so cute! Maybe we can make them honorary cats? 😉

    (Arrgh! I used the ‘c’ word – ‘cute’, that is. I’m gonna have to punch myself 40 times in the face like Jesse’s quote.)

  8. marycanada FCD
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Priceless. Enjoying the fox postings.

  9. Posted January 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a nice one too (but I wish the guy would put a sock in it. 😛 ) I like the hmmmming sounds that foxes make.

  10. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of sneaky animals, here is a cat burglar in prison: .

  11. Hempenstein
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Bounce doesn’t seem to be part of a fox’s frame of reference. They can do ‘land on all fours, and remain still’ exceedingly well, but the rest looks to be outside their comprehension.

  12. Pray Hard
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Where’d the bounce go? Where’d it go, huh? Where’d it go?

  13. Pray Hard
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Saw a great video many years ago about a fox trying to attack a rabbit. The rabbit kicked the sh*t out of the fox and sent it flying.

  14. quiscalus
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    What amazes me is that the fox is using the same technique on the trampoline as it would hunting rodents under snow or in underground burrows and tunnels; listening, then jumping up to land with its front feet on the tunnel to collapse it on the rodent to trap it, then excavating the noms. Nifty

  15. René
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Since I didn’t see this cat and fox video showing up here, I had to post it.

    “A wild cat and a fox have been spotted in Lake Van, Turkey, sharing a fish and playing together. Ok, sometimes they fight, but they are totally best friends forever!”

    Wonderful pictures on:

    • jesse
      Posted January 6, 2013 at 7:44 am | Permalink

      That was lovely. I noticed the universal domestic cat signal, “tail straight up with little crook at the tip”, that the cat did while coming toward the fox.

  16. Geoff Boulton
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    How about a Polar Bear playing with huskies?

    In the programme, not in the clip here unfortunately, they discussed the importance of play and how it benefitted animals.

  17. Blaise
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Could this be a fox week because foxes can mimic cat sounds when they are trying to lure them in for dinner?

  18. MAUCH
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    I wonder is this is an adapted behavior. They use this same method to break through thin ice on shorelines. I suppose they are hoping to find some tasty morsel.

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