Saturday, July 18, 2015

"My soul would sing of metamorphoses.
But since, o gods, you were the source of these
bodies becoming other bodies, breathe
your breath into my book of changes: may
the song I sing be seamless as its way
weaves from the world's beginning to our day."

                     from The Metamorphoses of Ovid
                             translated by Allen Mandelbaum

I have posted photos of the vixen and her three cubs at the farm
previously this summer. Thursday my mother in law mentioned she
had found a fox tail in garden, and we wondered who might have been
responsible Willow the farm dog or possibly a coyote, who do prey on
foxes. Friday morning my wife and I drove past the farm lane and 
encountered four foxes. seemed to have tails so we have no idea
whose was in the garden.

"In a cave somewhere they carved an animal 
jumping: that leap stayed."

             from They Carved An Animal
           by William Stafford


WildBill said...

Red fox are amongst my favorite wild animals. Remarkably clever, wonderful parents who both participate in raising young, playful, and excellent hunters. Here they are having a hard time hanging on because of predation by coywolves, or easten coyote as they are called in the states. Loved this post.

Guy said...

HI Bill

I am glad you enjoyed the post. We have a lot of coyotes here at least we hear them every night but they are pretty heavily hunted. That might also explain why fox are denning within the actual farm yard area under a granary as the presence of the dog and my brother in law in his workshop would keep coyotes away.


Kathie Brown said...

Guy, how intriguing, and how strange! we have both red and gray foxes here at the point and the crows like to raise a ruckus whenever they see one! I like foxes.

Guy said...

Hi Kathie

They are interesting animals and seem to have a real play drive. The Vixen has been around the farm for a number of years and seems to get along well.