Have you ever seen a Tibetan Fox; It has one of the strangest faces you would ever witness.


Every one of us likes to use emojis in our chat. Let’s look at a fox whose face can be used as an emoji.

Meet The Tibetan Fox – The Tibetan fox (Vulpes ferrilata) has a distinctive look, with its square-shaped face and short triangular ears situated close to its skull. Not to mention its unusual facial expression, which appears to imply disapproval…or displeasure! Its full glare gives the impression that it is entirely disappointed by your not-so-funny joke.

Tibetan Fox, Vulpes ferrilata, Tibetan Plateau, Yeniugou, Wild Yak Valley, Qinghai Province, China

The species is known as the Tibetan sand fox ( Wa or Wamo in Tibetan). Tibetan Plateau in western China, the Ladakh plateau in northern India, and Sikkim and Bhutan are places where these creatures are to be found. They prefer grasslands with higher altitudes like 5,300 m. Other than that, the fox is found in The North Himalayas. Yet, they are not easily seen by humans since their vegetation is far away from humans.

In Yeniugou, Wild Yak Valley, Qinghai Province, China-A, Tibetan fox.

Small and compact, the Tibetan fox has smooth, dense hair, a grey overcoat, and a white abdomen. Its thick fur shields it from the fierce mountain winds. On the neck and back, the coat varies in colour from black to brown and rusty-coloured to yellowish. It has a dorsal tawny band, a hairy tail with a white tip, and small ears that are tan to grey on the rear.

A mature Tibetan fox measures 60 to 70 cm (24 to 28 in) from snout to tail, with the seat measuring an extra 29 to 40 cm (11 to 16 in) in overall length. It weighs about 4 and 5.5 kg on average (8.8 and 12.1 lb). Compared to most fox species, the Tibetan fox’s muzzle is lengthened, and its canines are well-developed, with substantial dogs and a thin lower jaw. It has a keen sense of hearing, making it a great predator.

A Tibetan fox stretches and yawns, revealing its long, sharp fangs.

Tibetan fox (Vulpes ferrilata) in the semi-desert of the Dulan Nature Reserve, Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China

A Tibetan fox in the Dulan Nature Reserve’s semi-desert, Tibetan Plateau, Qinghai, China.

Plateau pikas are the leading food of this carnivorous mammal, but it also hunts rodents, lizards, woolly hares, birds, and marmots. It also feeds on Tibetan antelopes, musk deer, blue sheep, and cattle corpses. It hunts by day since its main prey, pikas, are daytime, and it is typically a solitary creature. Tibetan foxes may even create symbiotic relationships with brown bears during pika hunts. The bears scrape out the pikas, and the foxes seize them as the little animals try to flee.

In the jaws of a Tibetan fox, there is caught prey.

On the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, a female Tibetan fox and a Bobak marmot engage in combat.

Dens are the primary method of shelter for Tibetian foxes, where they get protected with their over spring. Burrows are dug around rocks, along historical shorelines, and on low hillsides. There might be four openings, each measuring around 25–35 cm. Tibetan foxes live in tiny family groups made up of a mated couple and their young, yet they choose to spend most of their time alone. Because they are a non-territorial species, numerous pairs may live nearby and even exchange hunting areas.

In Kekexili, Qinghai, China, a Tibetan fox walks across a road.

Tibetan fox (Vulpes ferrilata) walking across a road, Kekexili, Qinghai, China, December

Tibetan fox, yet it is young.

It’s their breeding season from late February to the end of March. The foxes are lifelong companions and stay together. If one of the partners dies, it’s unclear whether the other will seek a new mate. They cohabitate, hunt, and raise their children jointly.

Tibetan fox pups have a good time together.

Two to five babies are born in a den during a gestation period of 50 to 60 days. After the birth, the small ones remain in the cave for some weeks. For roughly 8 to 10 months, the young kits reside with their parents. They leave the den after that time and go off on their own in quest of a companion. They stay nearby and swap hunting areas because they are not particularly territorial.

Kits of Tibetan sand foxes at the Qilianshan wildlife reserve in Tibet.

Because of its extensive distribution across the Tibetan Plateau’s steppes and semi-deserts, the Tibetan fox is categorized as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

The Tibetan fox is prominent among the strangest facial expressions of all the animals. The high Tibetan Plateau, China, India, Nepal, and Bhutan are all home to this tiny, compact fox with thick, dense fur.

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