Sunday, August 30, 2009

Meet Mr. Red Fox.........





Friday afternoon, early evening as I was getting ready to leave for work, Stephen and I spotted this little fellow. He stuck around for quite awhile. Decided to eat at the horse apple buffet, poop in the training pen, pee in the training pen and proceed to do the butt scoot boogie there as well, all while the horses were eating in the barn area. The goats watched him intently, the horses saw that he was there, but didn't seem to care. Now, I know we have fox in the area, however, this was the first time we'd ever seen one in broad daylight in our yard, much less the horse pen. He looked to be in good health and quite frankly I'm glad I decided to give Rabies vacs to the horses this year. I suspected that it was a fox that had dug up my dead kitties and carried them off, but never had the proof, so here he is......Mr.Red Fox. He hung around until I left for work and actually scared him off the property with a lot of noise. On a good note, I hear that Fox urine deters opossum and now I know where the mystery scent comes from when the dogs have come in from rolling in some sort of crap. Pretty little fellow. I've seen more and more Red Fox appear in the area over the past couple of years, usually see more grey fox.


10 comments:

Jean said...

Had one around here in the spring. Wandered around in the early evening by the side of my house.

I'm sure he/she is still around somewhere. Wonder if the wild turkeys keep him/her away. I would suspect they would be pretty intimidating if they decided to defend themselves.

I always get rabies shots for my Boys. No sense in taking any chances. Come to think of it, I haven't seen any oppossum...wonder if foxy has kept them away.

Grey Horse Matters said...

We have three baby foxes on our farm, they are orphaned as their mom was killed by a car outside our gates. I actually don't mind them, they scared the 40 or so geese off the pond/property. I'll take the fox poop over the goose poop which was disgusting. The horses aren't bothered by them at all, they've come into the barn and we find our brushes and other things in the riding ring or paddocks. They do like to play.

Kate said...

We see them occasionally - they are very alert and active - and they are welcome to all the mice and voles they can catch!

We do rabies for all our horses, too.

JeniQ said...

He's soooo cute!

John and Regina Zdravich said...

We had one last summer/fall also. Killed every chicken we had.....

The People History said...

To John and Regina Zdravich
they say Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and if Mr Red Fox had killed all our chickens ( We do not have any or I am sure he would have tried ) We would not be saying such nice things about him

Suspect we would have been using rather nasty words sorry about your chickens
steve

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

They are so pretty. We got to see more of them around my area in SD in the last few years because of the depleted coyote population(mange).

They are quite common here in Colorado and we have seen them come right in the yard. NOT GOOD for the outdoor kitties though-we lost two to the little red buggers.

But I still love seeing them!!

White Horse Pilgrim said...

Are foxes native to the US, or did the English introduce them for something to hunt?

Here the foxes are shot almost into disappearance because they eat the pheasants that the English aristocracy introduced to shoot.

Callie said...

Fox are native, we have grey and red fox. The English introduced a lot of things, like say small pox which anyalated the Native Americans, but other thatn that.....I'm just kidding, sort of. ;)

Callie said...

Truthfully, Julian, there are both native and non-native Red Fox, but the general concensus is that these Red Fox and the vast majority of them are native to America. At least what I've read about.