View From The Conservatory


So I was just heading out to the freezer in the utility room, thinking about what we should have for dinner tonight. I was a little cautious stepping out of the kitchen as always, because I like to peek and see what birds are in the garden. I stood watching a Dunnock for a minute or so as it darted around the bare branches of some shrubs. Then a movement from the other side of the garden caught my eye.

And this is what I saw…

Fox

Skanky Fox in my garden. Apart from the lack of fur he seems quite healthy and alert.

The amazing thing is he clambered up on top of our fence and plodded along the top in the same way as cats do. The feet on one side on the top of the fence and the other feet on the arris rail.

Fox1

As I said, Alert. He was aware of every noise be it traffic or bird calls.

I had watched him for a while before I thought to go get my camera. These pictures are all captured through double glazing which is less than clean at the moment.

Fox2

I don’t think he had a best side.

This is the second fox that we have had in the garden with skin/fur problems. Although the previous one looked like he had suffered a kind of de-gloving of the hind leg, perhaps as a result of conflict with a car. Maybe this one has had a similar encounter although I am tempted to contact the RSPCA and see if this is indicative of something that local dog owners might need to be aware of.

3 thoughts on “View From The Conservatory

    • Since posting I have been doing some digging on the web. Looks like it is probably Mange which is, as you suggested, caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. The RSPCA suggest feeding the fox to gain it’s confidence to ultimately make it easier to capture. The fox can be treated but once it is released it is likely that it will become infected again.

      • “Sarcoptes scabiei mite” You took the words right out of my mouth! 😉

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