When Foxy Loxy Came for a Visit
Imagine my surprise a few springtime's ago when I was peering out my suburban home to see this beautiful red fox standing in my yard amongst the melting snow and muddy earth. The fox, clearly a pup, looked at his surroundings with new eyes. It was not long before he headed off down the street. If anyone had told me this would not be a one time occurance I would have told them they were crazy. Well, as fate would have it, it was not a one time sighting not by a long shot!
The red fox was sighted all around the neighborhood several times. One day my husband, kids and I were all standing in the yard when all the sudden the fox was standing merely 2-3 feet away from me. Imagine that! Of course there was a degree of fear as we were not sure how safe this was, but also we were struck by the beauty of this creature. So adorably soft and innocent. It was funny because in tandem with the fox sightings we were noticing that all the squirrels, black birds and rabbits were missing, all of my spring flowers grew without interruption although I missed the melodic sounds of birds singing.
It turned out that the foxes were displaced that winter by horrible ice storms and mountains of snow. They had taken up to living inside our neighbors garage. There were 3 babies and a mother, (that we were aware of).
That spring, we had fun watching the Fox family wandering around the neighborhood. We watched out for our little babies but kept a safe distance. In the whole 3 months we saw them around town, they were sweet, quiet animals who seemed to acclimate to their surroundings fairly well. Late spring, the foxes moved out. It was sad to see them go but at the same time, I was thrilled they were able to find a nice place in the wilderness to reside without human interference. Red foxes are one of my new favorite animals.
If you see wild animals in your yard, don't try to pet them or feed them, they have to remain wild in order to continue taking care of themselves.
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