Fox Field Notes

Part 2:

After our little precocious fox friend (we have since named him quite appropriately, Mr. Fantastic) demonstrated his kill with great pride the other morning, we have been the recipients of a dead rat on our porch each morning since. And yes, it's gross. And while it is clear that we do not have a rat problem on our property, there are other ways this could be communicated. I'm talking to you, Mr. Fantastic. I have since done quite a bit of reading about foxes. Learning all sorts of neat facts, like, they are omnivores, especially when a large variety of food is available to them, as is the case with any earth of foxes living near us. They are most certainly precocious and are usually nocturnal, except when they become accustomed to an environment where hunting during the day poses no threat. When it came to foxes leaving kill behind, I came up empty. The closest information I could find on this topic referred to house cats and ferrel cats. House cats, as it is commonly known will sometimes bring their companions dead prey as an offering of affection. Ferrel cats who live near human, but do not co-habitate with them may leave kill in sight out of a concern that the humans do not know how to hunt and feed themselves. Also a reflection of affection, but also, a teaching moment. I'm guessing our Mr. Fantastic falls somewhere in between these examples with his morning "gifts." In my psychoanalytic mind, all of this fox fodder serves as a deep reminder that we are animals. We are animals. One more time, we are animals. Very complicated animals. Very smart animals. But still animals. And how interesting that the animals we surround ourselves with - wildlife, pets, have a much easier time remembering that than we do.

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