The first picture of the week for 2012 is of a Red Fox at the Natur- und Tierpark Goldau (a beautiful zoo in Switzerland displaying many indigenous species – http://www.tierpark.ch/english/index.htm)
About Red Fox:
The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest of the true foxes, as well as being the most geographically spread member of the Carnivora. It is distributed across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America and the steppes of Asia.
Despite its name, the species often produces individuals with abnormal colourings, including albinos and melanists.
The species has a long history of association with humans, having been extensively hunted as a pest and furbearer for centuries, as well as being prominently represented in human folklore and mythology. Because of its widespread distribution and large population, the Red Fox is one of the most important furbearing animals harvested for the fur trade.