Red Fox Uses Earth’s Magnetic Fields To Hunt Mice, Dives Headfirst Into Deep Snow

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At first I thought this video was just funny, but turns out it shows an ability that’s near magical.

The Discovery Channel posted video of a red fox hunting for field mice in the frozen Dakota Black Hills. With nearly 3 feet of snow covering the ground, I thought its ability to catch anything would rely solely on blind luck but that’s actually not the case.

Foxes have incredible hearing, which they use to pin point the location of tiny scampering sounds under the snow, but that’s not the only tool in their bag.

Scientists believe that red foxes are able to tune into the magnetic fields of the Earth and use that to their advantage when looking for a meal. How exactly they do this is still unknown, but according to the video, when a fox faces north, it has a 75% success rate, compared to near zero when facing any other direction.

I mean, what? 

Picking up magnetic signals and somehow using that to find a one ounce creature barely moving under feet of snow? Talk about a super power.

Now for the funny part…

In order to have the element of surprise, foxes don’t simply bury their heads or start digging in the snow when they think they found something. Instead, they leap high in the air, up to 3 feet, and nosedive straight down on top of their prey.

While it looks downright funny the first time you see it, it’s also very impressive, especially when they return triumphantly with a field mouse in tow.

Although we may look at red foxes as just a beautifully colored creature, it’s time we put some respect on their hunting abilities.

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