Meet my friend, 'Freddie' the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
It gives me great pleasure to introduce 'Freddie', with whom I have a particular bond....never shaken or stirred.
I've been sharing my garden with generations of a fox family for many years, but this fella, now five years old has always been special.
Four four years, he would come and sit with me as I did the gardening, sleep in the garden or wait by the kitchen door until I fed him.
A year ago, he moved away from my garden to be with his vixen in the new territory where she had chosen an Earth in which she would give birth.
It was sad but inevitable. A fox must do what a fox must do.
One day, a couple of months later in broad daylight, I stumbled across Freddie, who responded the instant I called his name.
From this chance meeting I was able to locate his new territory.
Since that day, while we care for 'Slim' his 2019 male cub who inherited our garden as his territory, I've walked into local woods late every night/early morning, to see Freddie and his new family.
In this video, you can meet Freddie and, as I did that night, meet his 2020 cubs for the first time.
His vixen, 'Freda' is once again pregnant.
(If you wish to know more about Freddie & his family, Oliver the Badger & his family, their friends and others, Freddie has his own Facebook Group. Free to join and totally non-commercial
You can join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/397375450924531)
The red fox is the largest of the true foxes, as well as being the most geographically spread member of the Carnivora, being distributed across the entire northern hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America and the steppes of Asia.
Every step, has been his choice.
I've never attempted to feed him by hand, though I'm certain he would, because I want him to remain healthily wary of humans. He'll sit down to eat right beside me though.
If anyone else approaches while I'm with him, he'll immediately run into the undergrowth, until I call him out.
I occasionally hang back, if there's someone ahead of me, when I can see him far ahead waiting. As they approach, he always hides, then comes out when he sees me.
Sometimes, i get confused and it's me that runs in to the undergrowth to hide.... Posted 2 years ago
I can't deny I absolutely adore that photo. Posted 2 years ago
I have dozens of portraits of him, because he's totally at ease with the camera.
Various people have approached me to draw it, in the past (always granted with pleasure) and an artist friend is currently completing a painting from it, for commercial sale. Posted 2 years ago
You have some catching up to do!
Have a flip through the timeline to get a sense of the history of the families and context of my posts.
Please feel free to ask any questions or for clarifications
Lots of photos, videos and even the odd article 'wot i writ' about foxes, in the past. Posted 2 years ago
It always amused me, the men had longer hair than the lion!
But what a story! Posted 2 years ago
Alas, it's been nearly five months since I've seen Freddie and his family.
I strongly suspect they moved territory.
This happened a few years ago but I stumbled across Freddie and his new territory a few weeks later.
I'm not giving up hope it will happen again, but as long as they are safe, the rest is detail. Posted 10 months ago