Foxes make rare cameo in Malibu

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Malibu resident Joe Blaine captured this close-up image of two gray foxes at night outside his home in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Malibu resident Joe Blaine captured this close-up image of two gray foxes at night outside his home in the Santa Monica Mountains. Rarely seen, gray foxes are active at night or at twilight, using the daytime hours to rest in hollow trees, stumps or old woodchuck borrows, according to the National History Museum of Los Angeles County. The foxes often employ strong, hooked claws that give them the unique ability to climb trees to avoid predators or get fruit. They also subsist on grasshoppers, butterflies and moths, as well as small rodents such as cottontails, mice and woodrats.