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Vulpes Vulpes

on September 24, 2012


After a couple of weeks of lovely bulb planting autumn sunshine, today, a Monday, we have woken up to what the Meteorological peeps call “an amber weather warning”. When I think of amber I think of a warm glow, today however it is dark, grey, and lashing with rain, with high winds forecast for later.
It’s only lunch time but already the Gillybirds are standing in deep puddles of rain with drips running off their damp feathers. Now the coop is permanently installed in the flower bed there is nothing I can do to help them. They are all huddled up in the drier patch.
I ran out with the dogs, the poor puppy was actually crying but unfortunately he is going to have to get used to precipitation. I do think he enjoyed being dried off with the hairdrier afterwards!
Early last week the oldest son was taking the dogs out for a pre bedtime “watering” into the dark back garden. He says he was standing talking to the bigger dog when he realised both our dogs were actually behind him. He was chatting to a fox, standing boldly in the garden late at night. The fox then ran off.
At the weekend I was up early as usual to let the girls out and found a large fox poo in the middle of the grass. I hurriedly lifted it as I know from past experience that doggies just love to roll in this noxious sticky black substance! Tip here- cover your whiffy dog in ketchup before washing the foxy stuff off as it neutralises the pong and removes it a little easier. Oh, and wear a nose peg 🙂
We do spot foxes quite regularly around our area, urban foxes are very common, it is thought there are around 33,000 urban foxes in the UK. Sometimes at night we can be woken by a fox screaming, if you have never heard it you would be reaching to phone the police as you would think someone was being violently attacked nearby. It’s bloodcurdling!
My mother and I also witnessed a magnificent glossy fox strolling across the back of our garden in the middle of the day. I’m sure the local foxes are well aware of the presence of our lovely hens and come by regularly in the hope of a chicken-based tasty snack. I would also be concerned about a fox taking the puppy. Our older dog does get very excited and noisy late a night patrolling the perimeter of the garden.
The diet of urban foxes is mostly made up of scavenged meat and other goodies from bins, only around 4% of their diet is from pets. They eat a lot of worms and insects, wild mammals and wild birds. Hopefully they won’t be dining on our girls any time soon. Urban foxes do get a bad press particularly after two young girls were bitten a few years ago, but considering that since 2005 7 children and 5 adults have been killed by dogs, and I’m sure hundreds more injured, foxes would impose much less of a threat than you would think.
With the weather today expected to continue I think the Gillybirds are more likely to die by drowning than be stolen away by a fox.

If only we could all get along like these two! Have a good Monday wherever you are!


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