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Um hm. I expected as much.

Much to the surprise of absolutely no-one, the fox came back last night. I set up the wildlife cam to point to the chicken runs, knowing the likelihood.

Click the picture to be whisked away to YouTube and see for yourself. It’s cut together from five clips (the camera shoots 15-second chunks), all in quick succession around 3am.

He’s a handsome brute, isn’t he?


Comment from guffaw
Time: July 12, 2011, 8:31 pm

Gee, if you lived here in the Colonies, you could just shoot him and be done with it!

Comment from Monsieur Renard
Time: July 12, 2011, 8:35 pm

Vindication. That’s Cousin Nigel!

Google “lamping”. Infrared lamp, moderated rifle, limp fox – what is NOT to like?

Comment from JeffS
Time: July 12, 2011, 8:36 pm

Glowing eyes! You’ve got a zombie fox prowling your property.

Don’t forget, zombies can be killed only by hitting them in the brains. It’s all about the brains.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 12, 2011, 9:08 pm

We have a neighbor with a proper gun license. He does for most of the foxes around here. He can’t get them all, though.

Comment from GenghisJohn
Time: July 12, 2011, 10:06 pm

Handsome lad that Fox is. I can send you plans for a “Himalayan Swing” boobie-trap. Just replace the sharpened spikes with Blackthorn roots. You can dis arm it before you let the chikas out. It might take a few times, but a few good punches in the gut should deter him.
If not, I can come for a visit with my Kimber 1911….
The sweet kiss of 185 grains of hot lead is VERY unforgiving…

Comment from porknbeasn
Time: July 12, 2011, 11:17 pm

Wiley looking booger. He’s trying to figure things out.

Is there a decent ‘lock’ on their house?

Throw some grass and bugs and stuff on your kitchen floor and make them inside birds.

Comment from French Nobleman
Time: July 12, 2011, 11:35 pm

You don’t frighten us, English fox dogs. Go boil your bottoms, you sons of silly people. Je sui fartez de votre direccion generale!

Comment from Charles Windsor, Duke of Cornwall and Rothesay
Time: July 13, 2011, 12:22 am

I recognize the dashingly handsome brute as one of my subjects, Nigel Slendertail, son of Cecil, I think?

A brilliant tactician and capable strategist, you will pardon his indiscretions as these suffocating greenhouse vapours make him overstep the boundaries of good taste and bonhommie civility.

I was just conversing with a copse of splendid geraniums about the importance of equality of economic outcome to the advancement of holloi-polloi when Nigel Slendertail streaked past the constabulary detail with a rather sizeable peacock who for some reason offered no resistance to rapid relocation.

I shall have the rowdy rascals exercised through cross-country obstacle course at Auld Balmoral once these rambunctious irreverent Yanks cease to pollute the bosom of Mother Gaia with their fetid dioxides.

Cadno llwynog bwyta ffowlyn!

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 13, 2011, 12:33 am

Soak a piece of meat in 1080 – leave it outside … and bye bye Foxy!

You can put goldfish in a bowl with 1080 – they are happy to swim around in it … but if a dog takes one sip of the water – it will die.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 13, 2011, 12:57 am

He’d make a nice hat.

You may also borrow my bloodhound if you like.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: July 13, 2011, 1:00 am

He is a handsome fellow, but he needs to eat more vermin, less chicken.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: July 13, 2011, 1:04 am

Looks like Mrs. Renard to me, actually…???

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: July 13, 2011, 2:02 am

Get one of these! Have it Duracoated a dark pink, so you will have a raspberry Barrett!


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: July 13, 2011, 2:05 am

Are you sure that isn’t a Dingo?

Comment from David Gillies
Time: July 13, 2011, 3:30 am

Anyone got Betty Ford in the Dead Pool?

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 13, 2011, 4:26 am

Leave him some chocolate treats.

Comment from MIke C.
Time: July 13, 2011, 5:58 am

“If not, I can come for a visit with my Kimber 1911….”

I’d pay money to watch you attempting to talk that past Customs in the UK…

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: July 13, 2011, 11:52 am

Perhaps it would be a good idea to turn the video cam the other way, towards Frankenbunnies.
If the fox is successful, the resulting movie will be more traumatic than Hindenburg zeppelin’s immolation.

There’s enough forensic evidence already.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 13, 2011, 12:17 pm

Now, that there’s a fine looking mustelid. There’s a mink in the neighborhood, but he hasn’t ventured this far yet.

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: July 13, 2011, 1:30 pm

>>Comment from S. Weasel
>>Time: May 17, 2011, 9:08 pm

>>Minks’re shitbags. They aren’t kind to stoats and >>weasels, either.

Oh, dearie me. If they aren’t kind, perhaps they also are not being… fair?!
Good thing then that they sit in front of com-pooter playing Angry Birds and do not venture to Chez Badger.

After all, all they it is tofu cubes so there, no need to put mileage on these tiny paws.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 13, 2011, 2:02 pm

He’s in a hell of a lot better condition than the average scrawny mange-ridden urban fox. I guess that’s what a diet rich in natural foods will do for…

Oh. Wait.

Comment from Deborah
Time: July 13, 2011, 2:31 pm

He IS a handsome brute. Not full-grown, maybe. He reminds me of a coyote, what with those longish legs.

Comment from some vegetable
Time: July 13, 2011, 3:13 pm

He does seem to have longer legs than I remember on your average American fox – not that I’ve gotten to see that many. How close is the relationship between American foxes and British foxes? Kissing cousins or are they British foxes sent to The Colonies as punishment for chicken stealing like most of Georgia?

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 13, 2011, 5:59 pm

From what I remember American and Canadian red foxes are identical, but the US kit fox or grey fox is very different.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 13, 2011, 6:03 pm

Oh, I almost forgot. O/T:


Yeah, ‘Mail’ the taxidermy’s bad, but not so bad I don’t know that’s a cougar, not a lioness…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 13, 2011, 6:23 pm

Aiiiiiii…nightmare fodder!

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