The above photo was taken in broad daylight on my neighbor’s lawn. Foxes aren’t supposed to do this. They are supposed to be “crepuscular,” hunting and hiding, mainly at dawn and dusk – not curled up in the middle of someone’s lawn.
I spoke to a veterinarian about it and she said that it could have been rabid. Perhaps. We’ve had lots of foxes around here during the past two summers. In the evenings, the parents would emerge with their cubs and we’d often see them tumbling and playing on the lawns. Everyone enjoyed watching them and they were just part of the scene.
In fact, during certain periods in the summer we would often see foxes trotting casually down the street. So we’re used to them.
But this year’s cubs didn’t look so healthy as they grew up. We saw them several times scavenging seed under a neighbor’s bird feeder. They looked thin and their coats were patchy. Maybe something happened to the mother before she had enough time to teach them what they needed to know to hunt successfully. We’ll never know.
For these foxes, it’s going to be a very tough winter.