Friday, 24 January 2014

Urban fox's record-breaking country walk

By Ella Davies
Reporter, BBC Nature

A fox has been tracked more than 40 miles (70km) away from its home range, breaking the previous British record.

The fox was named Fleet by University of Brighton researchers and fitted with a satellite tagged collar.

Scientists were surprised to record Fleet walking a total of 195 miles (315km) as he headed into the Sussex countryside from his home in the city.

Naturalist Chris Packham joined the team to retrace the animal's path for BBC Two series Winterwatch.

"Foxes will disperse for lots of different reasons, mainly to find some space to form their own territories," explained Dr Dawn Scott who led the study.

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