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Foxes are members of the Canidae family, and they are also considered to be one of the most cunning creatures in all of the Earth. In many cultures throughout the world, foxes are constantly depicted as something akin to a trickster deity, or even familiar animals that possesses magical attributes. Much like with the Big Bad Wolf from various fairy tales, foxes are constantlly depicted as antagonistic forces who would use their intelligence to outsmart their prey, or to escape from harm. However, there have been some myths surrounding this animal that have placed it in a more positive light. For example, in the Achomawi creation myth, the Fox is believed to have helped the Coyote create the world, and they both left before humanity arrived. The fox also acted as a messenger animal for Ninhursag in Mesopotamian mythology, and they were worshiped as sacred animals in ancient Peru by the Moche people.

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