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Fox happenings in the garden

Friday, February 5th, 2010

We have a vixen with mange who was in the garden eating out of Ilene’s (Ilene was our resident vixen until she disappeared a couple of weeks ago)  bowl tonight. I tried to go out while she was in the garden but she took off. I need to medicate her ASAP. Medication is coming for me and a sick fox that my friend Chris has in his garden. One of three things could have happened to Ilene. She could have died (average life span for the urban fox is 18 mos), she could have lost her territory or….she could be pregnant! I really do miss her, but as she is a wild animal I knew this would happen.  Wildlife is what it is.

Later success! She came back to cache food & I tapped on a window of the conservatory & she looked at me & didn’t run. I went outside in my stocking feet & she stayed in the garden with me for a few mins before slowly skulking away. I used the same calls that I use with Ilene. Generally foxes run within 10 seconds of sensing me. I wonder if she isn’t one of this year’s kits? She might “know” me. She has a thin sweet face.

The fact that she isn’t running far away bodes well for her mange treatment as I need to make sure she is the one who is eating it. Her mange is on about 25 percent of her flanks and she has chewed part of her front leg raw. It hasn’t spread to the tail yet.

I am going to name her Sweet Face. I generally wouldn’t bother naming wild animals (none of the birds have names except for things like “that really fat robin”!) but it helps Kevin (my husband) and I to determine who is in the garden at any one time. And…she came back twice more and brought a friend who is lovely – all gorgeous fur and big fluffy tail.

You know what? I am most happy when I am dealing with animals. Maybe it’s because they ask for nothing from me. Nothing at all – and the grace me with their beauty.