A strange thing happened to me the other day, I was putting out our lovely wheelie bins around 11pm last week and I noticed something move off the road and between the cars. I thought at first it was a cat, but it was too high off the ground to be a cat. So then I thought it was a dog, but as I looked down I saw, staring very calmly back at me, a young fox (I’m going to say him for now as it seemed like a cheeky young male).
He was just stood next to me, watching what I was doing. I live near the country, but I’m a townie really, so I wasn’t really sure what to do. I moved my hand suddenly to see if it would scare him off, but he didn’t move, he just carried on staring back at me. So I had to walk back around him to go back through the gate, and he followed me in to the garden. I walked slowly back to the house and opened the door and he went to follow me into the house, so I shut the door quickly because I didn’t know what to do with a wild fox in the house, what if it got cornered and turned nasty? Can I get rabies from a wild fox bite?? I’m so much of a townie!!
After calling my wife downstairs to see him I opened the door again and found him just sat in the garden grooming himself. I tried to video him but my camera wouldn’t even begin to entertain the thought of videoing in such low light, so I ran and got the digicam, which also had problems focusing, plus I couldn’t see anything at all on the display. So I took a chance and just pointed it in the fox’s general direction and fired the shutter thinking the flash would scare him off. But NO, he just hung around, looking at our cats, who didn’t know what to do about him either.
I managed to chance a few more photos, some of which worked, some were really blurred, so I’ve included them here. Just thought I’d share this as it made quite an impression on me, he was so calm, and in the end, he just got bored (probably because we hadn’t fed him), and he just wandered off into another garden. I love foxes…..
(p.s. I’ve also posted this to my Vox blog which I’m trying out: http://pdm.vox.com/)