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Blue foxes' ( Vulpes lagopus) motivation to gain access and interact with various resources

By T. Koistinen, H. T. Korhonen, E. Hamalainen, J. Mononen

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We analysed the willingness of blue foxes ( Vulpes lagopus) to work for and utilise five resources: a platform, wooden block, sand floor, nest box and empty space. Ten juvenile blue fox males were housed singly in apparatus consisting of three cages connected with one-way doors through the walls in between the cages and subjected to work for each of the five resources, one at a time. The resource was placed in one of the outermost cages of the apparatus. Force needed to open the door leading to the resource cage was increased daily by 0.25 or 0.5 kg. The number of daily entries, visit durations and interaction with the resource were recorded on workloads of 0, 0.5, 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 5, 6.5, and 8 kg of extra weight. The latency to start interacting with the resource after entering the resource cage was measured on a workload of 3.5 kg. The mean number of daily entries in the resource and the other outermost, i.e. control cage varied from 7 to 28 and from 17 to 44, respectively. The increasing workload decreased the number of entries in the resource cage, increased those in the control cage (Linear Mixed Model: F1,638=79.5, P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 176
Pages 105-111
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address University of Eastern Finland, Department of Biology, Joensuu,
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. Cages
  4. Canidae
  5. Carnivores
  6. Enrichment
  7. Equipment
  8. Farms
  9. Foxes
  10. Fur-bearing animals
  11. Fur farming
  12. Mammals
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. vertebrates
  1. peer-reviewed