It’s not unusual for our dog to go running out to the garden, barking as she goes. It’s also not unlike her to bark in the night when a cheeky fox gets into our garden. She likes everyone to know she’s not to be messed with. But about ten days ago she ran outside barking, with her nose in the air and had a really good sniff at the back gate. So, of course, we had to investigate. Not only did we discover a beautiful vixen but five bouncy, healthy cubs.
We have been watching them grow ever since. They come out of their den in the alleyway behind our house every night at dusk. We originally put some food out for them but since contacting experts at ‘The Fox Project’ we found out that, unless they are in need of help, it’s best to leave them to fend for themselves because apparently they are lazy by nature and by feeding them it will shrink their territory and therefore make them have less opportunities to hunt when they need to.
So, we had to be content with just watching and as our attempts to creep out at dusk to look over our fence was alerting them to our presence, we took drastic action, as any sane people would!
So now we have a great view and I can even poke my camera lens through to take photographs without disturbing them.
The cubs are adorable and constantly playing roly-poly and practising their pouncing.
I snapped this photo of the mum looking up as a flock of parakeets flew by.
Always alert and on the lookout, she is such an attentive mum.
This photo was taken when the light had completely gone so it’s a bit grainy and so far I haven’t managed to get a shot of all five cubs together.
They are growing so fast and probably won’t be playing outside our garden for much longer so I hope to get more photographs of the cubs before they are fully grown, meanwhile you know where to find me.