the-lightningfox asked: Red foxes have dewclaws on their front paws but not the back ones, according to every source I've read that specifies it. Maybe people think you wanted to have the hind paws tattooed since they're on your feet? Idk, I think your tats are awesome.
Most people just say “red foxes don’t have dewclaws” which is clearly false. No specification of hind versus forefeet. In my previous post on the issue I stated that I have read several articles that specify that red foxes have dewclaws on only their front paws, but also many books that do not specify this at all. Considering many domestic dogs are born with varying dew claws (dogs of the same species will have 2, 4, 3, or no dew claws…) and many books don’t specify the number for foxes, I’m not sure if I’m very convinced of the validity of this yet. It does make sense from an evolution standpoint as dewclaws on the forepaws are significantly more useful than on the hind feet, but I can’t even find much on the genetics that cause the same breed of domestic dog to have different number of dew claws. But yes, certainly the argument for the fact that foxes don’t have dewclaws on their hind feet is much more valid and one that I’ve been attempting to research for a while, but people stating “red foxes don’t have dewclaws” is incredibly aggravating to me… I just can’t see why someone would “correct” someone with false information (wouldn’t you double check before you corrected someone?) Thank you very much for your (RESEARCHED!) input sweetheart, and I’m glad you like my tattoos.
P.S. For the record, even if red foxes really do only have dewclaws on their forefeet they’re pretty much my favorite part of the tattoo. I’m cool with having them on my feet and just being called a mutant fox or something. Most canines have 4 dewclaws so I’m sure the genetic mutation for a fox with 4 dewclaws wouldn’t be obnoxiously unthinkable. I know my taxidermy foxes have front dewclaws but now I’m curious to see if they have hind ones as well.
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Forlorn gray wolf in northern Ontario, Canada. This female, caught in a padded leg hold trap, is about to recieve a gps satellite radio collar. The individuals movements and predation events will be monitored as part of a woodland caribou conservation project.
Leg-hold traps are commonly used by biologists and researchers because they are the most efficient and humane way to catch large predators like wolves. The use of leg-hold traps also play a vital role in many conservation projects, such as the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone and monitoring the few remaining wild red and Mexican wolf populations.
If these traps routinely caused the sort of injuries anti-trappers claim then scientists wouldn’t be able to use them for this purpose.
shadenorm-deactivated20140226 asked: I love your foot tattoos, but red foxes don't actually have dewclaws.
I don’t know why people keep saying this, red foxes indeed have dewclaws. I have two taxidermy foxes in my room with their dewclaws intact if people want pictures. I mean, no offense, but it seems pretty silly to correct someone and be wrong. This has come up several times and I’m trying to see where people are getting this information from, but I can find zero reputable sources documenting this so I guess it’s come out of thin air (on the other hand all canine anatomy books, taxidermy books, taxidermy pieces, veterinary records [[concerning removing pet fox’s dew claws for health reasons]], etc. state that red foxes have dew claws). Some red foxes may not have any or some dewclaws (I have read several books stating that red foxes have dewclaws on solely the front legs, but read others that do not specify this), just as some domesticated dogs are born without them- but as far as a general rule most are born with them.EDIT: Oh I just realized that this misconception may have come about because of animal tracks. It’s true that sometimes in deer tracks you can see their dew claw and other times you cannot, that has to do with how and at what speed they are moving. Because of the positioning of a fox’s dew claw and the way foxes run it is not possible to see it come up in a print (unless the fox is laying down or something I suppose). The same is true with domesticated dogs- most have dew claws but they will not show up in prints (doesn’t mean they aren’t there!) If that’s not where people are getting this from then I just have no idea, even doing a quick search on google brings up zero hits of people saying foxes don’t have dew claws and plenty saying they do.
Not all toxic people are cruel and uncaring. Some of them love us dearly. Many of them have good intentions. Most are toxic to our being simply because their needs and way of existing in the world force us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t inherently bad people, but they aren’t the right people for us. And as hard as it is, we have to let them go. Life is hard enough without being around people who bring you down, and as much as you care, you can’t destroy yourself for the sake of someone else. You have to make your wellbeing a priority. Whether that means breaking up with someone you care about, loving a family member from a distance, letting go of a friend, or removing yourself from a situation that feels painful — you have every right to leave and create a safer space for yourself.–
This is how nature works.
Vegans take note.
Well done, Sherlock. Apart from Lions have a much higher stomach acid pH to break down meat than us, and their bodies are designed to deal with what comes with it. You don’t see a lion developing heart disease or cancer from meat, do you?
Some animals eat their own shit, just because its natural doesn’t mean we should do it too. We are intelligent and sufficient enough not to HAVE to kill other beings to survive. In fact, our such high demand for meat is killing other humans.
The teeth in your mouth (part of your digestive system) aren’t sufficient hunting tools to kill the animals you eat. Apes don’t naturally eat animals, they eat plants.
Y’know, there are a ton of valid arguments for vegetarianism and veganism—incredibly good arguments, actually (biological, moral, social). But none of the shit you two wrote is one of them.
Firstly, you don’t actually see people developing heart disease or cancer from meat either. It’s not Step 1) eat meat; Step 2) die. There are a variety of factors, and the link between red meat and those diseases is due to lifestyle. And, in captivity, you do actually see lions developing heart disease. And gorillas. And many other animals. It’s not the diet; it’s largely the sedentary lifestyle. And you do see wild animals get cancer. In fact, scientists say cancer kills almost the same percentage of animals in the wild as it does humans.
Secondly, if you’re going to mention how much better-suited lions’ digestive systems are to eating meat than humans’, then it’s really dishonest to not also mention how absolutely craptastic the human digestive system is at digesting vegetables. Because, in our current stage of evolution, our digestive systems aren’t actually capable of digesting raw plant material in any efficient way without aid. And, when we aren’t digesting food well, we’re not absorbing the carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals we need to thrive, which can totally lead to malnutrition, digestive disorders like IBS, and, yes, even cancer.
And, because militantweasel brought it up, let’s actually talk about animals that eat their own shit: gorillas do. And do you know why they do it? It’s because they don’t eat meat. They have very similar dietary needs to ours, but they can’t pop into a pharmacy for a multivitamin—and the only appreciable way to get Vitamin B12 that isn’t from meat or a supplement is to eat your own shit… or someone elses’.
And speaking of apes—because degaussme brought it up and they’re our closest relatives—they don’t just eat plants (and shit). All of them also eat insects; it’s a minor secondary source of B12. And chimpanzees and bonobos do, in fact, naturally eat meat; they’ll even hunt and eat other primates. Also, all apes, even those that are pretty much exclusively folivores, have digestive systems capable of digesting meat.
And, unlike other apes, people aren’t just capable of digesting meat, we’re actually well built for it because humans evolved by eating meat and cooking. If both those things hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t be humans as we are today. To have evolved here without both, we would have to spend half the day eating and eat like 15+ pounds of raw plants every single day.
As for the argument about our teeth not being capable of killing prey, well: you can’t logically exclude the use of tools for procuring meat—which is what the teeth argument does—without also excluding the use of tools for procuring vegetables, preparing food, and creating dietary supplementation. And, I mean, not only is that argument proven ridiculous by animals’ frequent use of tools, but it also has you literally eating shit or termites every day.
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this just reminded me of people who say things like
"humans are so evil, animals dont kill and torture eachother"
no they had to all come to rip apart that coyote alive, whic is totally a less painful death than human methods of killing.
But woofs are soooo cyuuuute tho
Wolves commonly kill coyotes. Some wolves become such experts in killing yotes that they will teach their pack mates how to do it, actively seeking out and attacking coyotes for no apparent reason. They don’t eat the coyotes, so it’s not for food, and the yotes pose no real threat or competition as they are so much smaller and generally hunt different prey from wolves. So the only real reason they do it so frequently is out of play and enjoyment.
Humans really aren’t the only ones who hunt for sport.
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People tend to ask me what ethnicity I am a lot, I guess that’s just an easy icebreaker. But usually they say it as, “What mix are you?” And everytime I get really excited because it sounds like they’re asking for my pedigree. I’m always tempted to answer “purebred red fox,” but then I never do :( Someday. Someday I will say red fox and see how they react.
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