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Chenchus tribal domesticate foxes for good fortune

Date: 17 April 2019 Tags: Forests

Chenchu tribal families in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh have succeeded in domesticating the fox, who believe the fox ushers in fortune. However, the conservation of fox falls under Wildlife Protection Act 1972, according to which hunting or domesticating it is criminal offence.

About Chenchus

are a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group. They are forest dwellers living in  Nallamala forest range spread across four to five districts in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and also in Odisha. They speak in Chenchu language, a member of Dravidian language family. They still follow traditional primitive way of life based on hunting and gathering. They make leaf cups and leaf plates out of tobacco leaves, tamarind, mahua flowers and sell them in local marker. They also make use of mahua flower in making the liquor. They are