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Fox Gallery October 2007

For most of the month we only saw the young male fox, though there were a couple of very brief sightings of its sibling on the 15th and 17th. Actually that's pushing it as on the 17th the photo simply shows eyes peering through the fence!

The other main characteristic of October was that it was the 'month of the limping fox'. The young male started by limping on his left rear leg, but as soon as he recovered from that he began carrying his right foreleg. The relevant photos are mainly between about the 10th and 14th, for most of which time he was semi-hopping rather than running. He nonetheless maintained reasonable mobility on three good legs. Fortunately the situation improved and by the latter part of the month he was fully recovered, and no intervention was required. I can only presume he had managed to get something caught in his pad. There are several relevant entries on my blog during October.

The other notable feature of the month is that at this time of year the foxes begin their territorial re-organization in preparation for winter. The younger foxes tend to move away and seek new territory, while the mature adults compete with them for suitable breeding areas. I've noticed this pattern several times now, and it always results in reduced sightings, and usually at least one fox vanishing completely.

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