Foxy Lady

Hubby and I both took Maggie for her final walk last night, and I was glad we did.
Hubby saw them before I did, so I was able to pass over my torch and clip Maggie to keep her close.
Two foxes were in the road and coming towards us.
We’ve seen one on several occasions, but this is the first time we’ve seen two together.
They were about the same size as Maggie, but obviously years younger and we believe both males.
They were extremely agile, leaping over walls and hedges to get out of the torch beam, but they eventually turned around and raced off into the next road.
That was when Maggie saw them, and had she been loose, would have gone after them, arthritis or no arthritis.
Picture from google images

Apart from seeing one running down our road when we were in the bungalow with a  chicken carcass in its mouth and that they are prone to mange, I know very little about foxes, other than their mating copulation is extremely loud and can sound like a child in distress.

The mating season is during the winter months, so that could explain why we saw two last night. Maybe a vixen is in heat somewhere and they are trying to impress.
I’ve read contradictory information about monogamy and the female mating with several males. Apparently they only mate once a year though and sometimes, one male fox will have several female mates. Females that have the same male mate are known to live in the same den together.
They have a short lifespan of 3 to 4 years in the wild.

I didn’t know, but the collective noun for foxes is a leash, earth or skulk, the latter being associated with various species of vermin but especially foxes.
Dogs (males) weigh about 6 to 7 kilos, vixens (females) 5 to 6 kgs, and they stand at a height of around 41 cm (16 -18 inches). Litters consists of between 2 and seven kits or pups, gestation being about 53 days, and they are born in a den underground. Both parents raise the young though it is not uncommon for older siblings or  ‘nannies’, females that are not breeders, to share the load.

Foxes are nocturnal and have excellent eyesight and hearing.  They can identify each other by their voices, the red fox having 28 different sounds including howls, yips, and growls. They are also fast, running up to 45 mph (72 km/h) , something else I didn’t realise.

Info from livescience.com

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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21 Responses to Foxy Lady

  1. Sadje says:

    Interesting read. Thanks for sharing the information about foxes.

  2. Great post Di! Love learning about the foxes 🙂

  3. We have here and it’s not unusual to see one early in the morning. My old cat Jake was alive, he was sitting on the patio when a family came through. The youngster ran through first and Jake got very excited. It was small and he was about to take off after it when the mom came, then the dad. The dad gave Jake a stern look that made me uncomfortable so I opened the door and scooted him inside. The dad grabbed a squirrel and took off. I felt badly for the squirrel.

    • Hi Kate! Happy New Year to you.
      Our neighbour used to put cheese out for the foxes and Barney cleared a six foot fence from a sitting position to get to the cheese as soon as she went inside. Luckily her garden was secure so we could sheepishly ask for our dog back.

  4. blindzanygirl says:

    Wow! What an experience Di! I ha e seen fixes, but not like that. One on its own was walking boldly along at the sude of the road near a village near here one day. Amazing. It was VERY red. Amazing.

    • We’ve seen a lone fox several times on our final walks, and know it uses a short cut through one of the gardens in the road opposite. We’ve seen badgers twice, so hope to see some more of them.

  5. We have them here, but the only reason I know that is I saw one that had been killed on the highway. I’ve heard the noises you described though, and now I’m comforted to know what the heck all the racket WAS, it was unearthly really. Huny gets quite upset when she hears them, and although she’s tiny, she tends to challenge even larger predators (a neighbor of mine and I saw a largish coyote running alongside her house. Lots of cats that the owners let roam around outside, and I suspect the coyote was looking for a meal off one of them. My yard is fenced and so Huny has little chance of actually meeting one of the foxes or coyotes (or pumas) face to face, but the large predator birds are another matter. Nature is amazing. Thanks for adding your knowledge to my information! 🙂

    • You’re welcome Melanie. I learned something too when I looked them up. Large birds can steal the kits as they do ducklings and goslings, and sometimes kittens and puppies from gardens. We kept chickens for a while and although foxes were about, we never had them in the garden thanks to a little tip in a beginners book about male urine and dog fur!

  6. Fandango says:

    We’ve seen foxes on our walks with our dog every once in a while, but we see raccoons and coyotes quite often.

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