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What is it about foxes that we are all drawn to? Foxes are beautiful, elegant animals, reminiscent of our domestic cats and dogs, but they have a wild glint in their eyes. Whatever it is that we love about foxes - it seems we just can't get enough.
This selection of our favourite 10 foxy designs and gifts is just the tip of the iceberg of what the internet has to offer. Perfect for finding a nice present for the fox-lover in your life!
1. Road Fox Art Print - $37 - by Kevin Russ
2. Handmade ceramic cup set - €59 - by Marinski Heartmades
3. Prowling Fox Ring - £150 - by Alex Monroe
4. Sly Fox Door Knocker - £24 - by Anthropologie
5. Jack the Fox - €136 - by Tricot by Tricot
6. Fox Mug - £17.50 - by Fenella Smith
7. Zoofold Fox Mask - £16 - by Zoofold (that's us!)
8. Giant Creature, made to order - £470 - by Donna Wilson
9. Fox & Cubs Lampshade - £32 - by Lush Designs
10. Fox Mask Hanger - $55 - by Article
Once a year, London witnesses something truly amazing, a herd of 17 rhinos stampeding through London, and with them, 40,000 others, most raising and amazing amount of money for good causes while they go.
I've loved watching the London Marathon ever since I was a child, and it has nothing to do with the excitement of watching the elite runners shave 2 seconds off their personal bests (to be honest I couldn't care less). The joy of the marathon is the phenomenal sight of tens of thousands of people, of all different ages, abilities & backgrounds running together, whilst us spectators applaud and shout encouragement from the sidelines.
The real fun then comes from the amazing people who, as if running 26 miles wasn't painful enough, decide to wear a costume as they run. They are fantastic human beings who not only raise huge amounts for charities, but put a smile on everyone's faces at the same time! Well done fancy dress marathon runners! Here at Zoofold - we salute you!
This year our favourite fancy dress athletes included a Giant Boob, running for Breast Cancer, a man on a baby's shoulders, Sponge Bob Square Pants and a Whoopie Cushion. Here's a look of some of our favourite fancy dress costumes we spotted during this year's London Marathon.
Just like their real life counterparts foxes in fiction have a tendency to be seen as mysterious, cunning and sly. Originating with a French story from the Middle Ages about Reynard the Fox, the personality traits attributed to our furry fictional friends ( or foes) have remained to this day. But being tricksters doesn't mean they can't also be lovable. Below we sum up our favourite fictional foxes.
'Mr Fox' Image by Lucius Kwok
1. FANTASTIC MR FOX (& MRS)
The fox straight from the imagination everybody's favourite children's author, Roald Dahl, simply had to be at number one. Especially since having been brought to the big screen by director & visionary, Wes Anderson, in the beautiful stop-motion film Fantastic Mr Fox. Mr Fox, voiced by George Clooney is the charming, cunning and reckless character we recognise from the original book. He has a one-track-mind focused on CHICKENS, and winding up the evil farmers: Boggis, Bunce and Bean! All the while his loving and tolerant wife, voiced by Meryl Streep, stands by his side. We just love him!
Robin Hood directed by Wolfgang Reitherman and produced by Walt Disney Productions, 1973 (image)
2. DISNEY'S ROBIN HOOD (& MAID MARION)
In our opinion, Disney's charming and handsome cartoon fox is one of the best Robin Hood movies of all time, second only to Mel Brook's Men in Tights. Though based on a real figure from English history, there isn't much reality left in this tale. Disney's Robin Hood is a lovable rogue with a bow and arrow, and we watch him mischievously rob from the rich with fox-like cunning, With a cheeky glint in his eye, he woos the foxy Maid Marion, for sure the prettiest fox in fiction.
3. VINCE & NELSON FROM BBC3 MONGRELS
Not as well known as some of the other foxes on our list, Mongrels is something of a cult TV sitcom from 2010 featuring puppet animals who live in a garden in East London. Don't be fooled by the puppets, this is not a show for children. Vince & Nelson are the stars of the show: Nelson, a middle-class, Guardian-reading 'actor' fox desperate for a part in BBC's Springwatch is the polar opposite to potty-mouthed, violent and frankly psychopathic Vince. But the pair and their friends are a joy to watch. Hilarious!
Swiper - from Dora the Explorer
4. SWIPER FROM DORA THE EXPLORER
Although we are a little old to be watching Dora the Explorer, the children's cartoon that teaches Spanish words to children. There is one character that charms the bloody socks off us: Swiper, With chants of 'Swiper - No Swiping! ... while he tries to nick things out of Dora's backpack. Oh Maaaaaan! We don't know why we love him, we just do. Don't know what we're talking about? Check him out here.
5. NICK WILD FROM ZOOTROPOLIS
Its a new one this, but we think Nick Wild from Disney's brand new movie Zootropolis is a fabulous addition to the legacy of fictional foxes. Keeping true to fictional fox character: Nick the fox, voiced by Jason Bateman, is a sly con artist who partners up with the Bunny lead Judy Hopps to help solve the case.