|SREL Reprint #0683|
Food-Caching Behavior of Captive-Reared Red Foxes
L. Jeselnik and I. L. Brisbin, Jr.
Two juvenile male red foxes exhibited stereotypic
patterns of food-caching behavior when moved into a dirt-floored pen from a
concrete-floored run in which they had been raised since being removed from
their natal den. The dominant
animal did not prevent the subordinate fox from unearthing and/or reburying food
which it had buried. Of a total of
44 unearthings of buried food items, 56.8% were made by the subordinate fox.
Urine-marking behavior was not noted in connection with the burying of
food and may suggest that this is either learned behavior or simply related to
the lack of maturity of the foxes studied.
SREL Reprint #0683
Jeselnik, D.L. and I.L. Brisbin Jr. 1980. Food caching
behaviour of captive reared red foxes. Applied Animal Ethology