Thomas Ramey Watson

Red Fox Diving For Food (video)

A video by the Discovery Channel highlights how the red fox uses its acute sense of smell and innate compass to unexpectedly pounce on prey.

With complete concentration, these cute carnivores perk up their ears and listen for the slight patter of field mice under snow blanketing South Dakotas’ Black Hills. When they detect the “faintest scamper,” the red fox leaps as if jumping on a pogo stick, dives headfirst and then… ambush! Using their homing abilities (scientists believe red foxes are able to detect the Earth’s magnetic field), foxes have a 75 percent snatch-success rate if they leap facing toward the North Pole.

Watch.

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