Emboldened by Closures, Red Foxes Prowl in Ashkelon

ASHKELON (Reuters) -
A red fox stands in an empty park in Ashkelon, where predatory animals now roam amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, Sunday. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

Red foxes have been making appearances in the city of Ashkelon, drawn out from the seclusion of the desert dunes by the coronavirus lockdown that has kept people off the streets.

The animals are usually a rare sight in busy urban areas.

In Ashkelon, an ancient Mediterranean seaport and now one of Israel‘s main southern cities, a family of foxes has become a regular feature – nosing through discarded food, and playing sometimes unfriendly hide-and-seek with dogs in a local park.