his poor fox vixen has had scabies (mange) for several months now. Both she and her dog fox partner are daily visitors to my garden.
Last year many fox cubs were born in my area – and I’m talking many – but most didn’t survive long because they all seemed to hang out around roadsides. The European red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a highly intelligent animal, and also a very daring one. However, they are prone to getting some serious diseases – such as scabies, or worse yet rabies – and then pass it on to household pets through contact, especially cats and dogs. While I do feel sorry for this fox, I’m not happy when I catch her in my garden as she could infect my dog. I prefer them to stay outside of the fence – and I’m more than happy to feed them there.
Foxes are often feared (and hunted because of this) because they are opportunist hunters and will sneak in to take chickens or other small livestock. But it is fascinating to watch them every day as I sit in my studio and they are literally just outside. They are so similar to my Jack Russell in their behaviour. かわいいキツネ
Animal identification, and learning about their individual habits, is an essential part of self reliance, bushcraft, survival and outdoor living.
Filmed with a Panasonic Lumix FZ300/FZ330 with a Polaroid UV lens and an Apeman Trail Camera. On location in the Carpathian Mountains of Slovakia.