Sleek, elegant and graceful - the fox has many attractive attributes making it a popular feature in the DM Collection. But none more so than that stunning tail. The tail in all Daniel's fox designs is prominent and for good reason.
Beliefs surrounding the fox's tail are found across the world. The Northern Lights, also known as aurora borealis, are an amazing natural light show caused by atmospheric conditions in certain parts of Scandinavia. The link to foxes? In Finland the illuminations are known as revontulet or fox fires. Legend has it that a fox ran through the sky, painting with his large colourful bushy tail as he went.
In Japan, magical foxes known as kitsune are can grow as many as nine tails. As previously blogged, a kitsune gathers more tails as their wisdom grows with achieving the ninth being akin to foxy enlightenment.
Our old favourite Aesop tells many a story about the fox's cunning. His story about a fox without a tail is a great one. The moral? You can't trick a trickster! Of course, our Fox started off with a beautiful bushy brush but carelessly lost it in a trap. Feeling exposed and embarrassed he hid himself away but then decided to brave his fellow foxes. At a foxy gathering, our tail-less friend stood and announced that the latest thing was to do away with these fluffy encumbrances outlining all their annoyances. A great number of his friends began to think of following the trend, when a wise old fox spoke. He questioned if our friend would be so keen on a tail-less life if he had not already lost his? At that the others laughed and waved their tails merrily.
I think we can agree that whether magical lights, symbol of wisdom or a mere fashion accessory the fox's tail is a wonderful feature.
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With the exception of artists, inventors, and teenagers - we humans are diurnal daytime creatures on the whole, and although it’s one thing to be out and about during the night in a street lit urban environment, it’s a very different scenario if you find yourself in, say… oh, I don’t know, a forest per se. Where, if you’re lucky, you may hear the unmistakable cry or hoot of an Owl: natures very own nocturne, a stark reminder of the unknown peril of night, and a creature that has featured heavily in myth and folklore throughout the ages.