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Emboldened by closures, foxes prowl an ancient port city in Israel

Red foxes roam amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in
Red foxes roam amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in the Israeli city of Ashkelon

ASHKELON, Israel (Reuters) – Red foxes have been making appearances in the Israeli 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, usually a rare sight in busy urban areas, have a biblical resonance. In the Book of Lamentations, the Jewish temple site in Jerusalem is described as so desolate that “foxes prowl upon it”.

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.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Alison Williams)

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