Fox Pups Have White Cheeks
You know how they say, “The apple never falls far from the tree”? This is the Japanese version:

狐の子は頬白 (きつねのこはつらじろ: fox pups have white cheeks)

This obscure and adorable proverb, in which 狐 is non-Joyo, conveys that most children take after their parents. The saying draws on the way both fox pups and adult foxes have white cheeks. You can see that in the photos above, though these aren’t the same types of foxes. To the left is a young gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), and to the right is an adult red fox. 

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