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Old 22nd April 2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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Unhappy Fox Cub Tragedy

Last Saturday I found is our local cul-de-sac a young fox cub lying dead, apparently from a nasty wound just behind his front leg, which could have been a bite. He certainly didn't look as if he'd been run over. I removed him to our front lawn in case he got further damaged by a car or dog or something, and took a couple of photos. It really cast a shadow over my day to see him like that. He was 1 ft 2 in long (I don't do metric!) nose to tail tip, and weighed in at a pound and a half. The white thing on his back leg is I think a tick.
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Old 6th September 2010, 06:15 PM   #2
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Yes that is a tick, the wound is rather tidy and clean for a bite would which would be more torn and frayed if done by a dog or otherwise. At least he has a quieter resting place.
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Old 9th September 2010, 06:01 PM   #3
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I wouldn't have found your post Jandy if Narvail had not replied. Such a shame to find dead wildlife and even worse when they are young and look so healthy! (I know that doesn't sound right, given that the cub is dead, but I hope you know what I mean.)
I hope you haven't had a repeat find.
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Old 10th October 2010, 02:55 PM   #4
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Thanks, Narvail and Catscratch, for your replies. Luckily there have been no repeat finds, but I've seen hardly any live foxes since then, not that I saw many before! Apart from one I saw once just strolling round the back garden and then sitting in the sun, the only others I have seen have been out of the bedroom window at night, when I've heard them barking and spotted them trotting along the street. It's quite a weird noise, their bark in the middle of the night, I think. Makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!
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Old 11th May 2011, 07:08 PM   #5
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I wonder if your fox cub was poisoned, given that you are in an urban area?

The open mouth might have been a clue.

I hope there are no more finds - they have a hard enough life without being persecuted by hiumans.
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Old 1st June 2011, 09:19 PM   #6
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I wouldn't think so, Rita, given that it had the deep-looking would in its chest, which I thought looked more like a bite, though that appeared to be the only one. Lacking a post-mortem, it will always be a bit of a mystery.
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