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    Strange little visitor...

    I'm in a regular old neighborhood in the city, it's about 9:00 pm a couple nights ago, I'm sitting at my computer in the lower section of my house, with the front and back doors open, when I hear a sound of little padding feet coming coming down my half-stairs from the entryway.

    I turn to look, and a little brown-footed fox is running down the stairs, and is headed out the back door, but before he gets there, I say, "Hey little foxy", and he spins around on all fours, to face back in, so I start gently talking to him, and he's looking around like he doesn't know where the sounds are coming from, then I lean to the left just a little to look around the bike between us, he sees the movement, and whoosh, out the back door.

    I get up to look out back, and he's just hanging around, so I grab my camera, and he hangs around long enough to get a shot of him. Had the flash on, but it's pretty dark still. The flash never seemed to bother him.

    We've seen a lot of foxes this year, and this looks like a juvenile one, never thought one would come through the house.

    About 20 minutes later, I'm back at the computer when something cold and wet touches the outside of my left hand. I go "s***", and snatch my hand away, and foxy is headed out the back door again.

    I've seen him a lot the last couple days now, he seems to know it's safe here. Bizarre.
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    Oh how cool!!
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    I'm up in Fort Collins, and have a fox either living in or using the backyard, and we're in the middle of town, too. I dig it. I haven't seen our fox hanging around long enough to get a shot of. Maybe one day.

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    Must not comment...... I'm from the country.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingAnchor View Post
    Must not comment...... I'm from the country.....
    Likewise.
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    Some people shoot rabbits, ya know. Long eared goofy lookin' ones. That tuck.
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    That's so awesome. Is the fox actually coming in your house and touching you with its nose? If so, I'm totally jealous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Some people shoot rabbits, ya know. Long eared goofy lookin' ones. That tuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadiyah View Post
    That's so awesome. Is the fox actually coming in your house and touching you with its nose? If so, I'm totally jealous.
    He was looking for dinner and was juuuuuust about to chomp...
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    Well, maybe I'm not so jealous after all...

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    A slightly tweaked version:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadiyah View Post
    That's so awesome. Is the fox actually coming in your house and touching you with its nose? If so, I'm totally jealous.
    I am too. But to make things equal a couple days ago I was on a boat and watched eagles catch food from about 15 ft away. They're like pigeons. I might post pics if I'm not lazy later.

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    I'll not be surprised if you have a neighbour feeding the fox and he's learned to associate humans with feeding and friends.
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    I'd make friends with the fox. But I'm funny that way.

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    Reminds me of that time an injured coyote snuck into teh bf's garage...everyone screamed, but the poor critter was more scared of us. He just wanted a nice quiet place to recuperate, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wernmax View Post
    I'm in a regular old neighborhood in the city, it's about 9:00 pm a couple nights ago, I'm sitting at my computer in the lower section of my house, with the front and back doors open, when I hear a sound of little padding feet coming coming down my half-stairs from the entryway.

    I turn to look, and a little brown-footed fox is running down the stairs, and is headed out the back door, but before he gets there, I say, "Hey little foxy", and he spins around on all fours, to face back in, so I start gently talking to him, and he's looking around like he doesn't know where the sounds are coming from, then I lean to the left just a little to look around the bike between us, he sees the movement, and whoosh, out the back door.

    I get up to look out back, and he's just hanging around, so I grab my camera, and he hangs around long enough to get a shot of him. Had the flash on, but it's pretty dark still. The flash never seemed to bother him.

    We've seen a lot of foxes this year, and this looks like a juvenile one, never thought one would come through the house.

    About 20 minutes later, I'm back at the computer when something cold and wet touches the outside of my left hand. I go "s***", and snatch my hand away, and foxy is headed out the back door again.

    I've seen him a lot the last couple days now, he seems to know it's safe here. Bizarre.
    Yeah, he'd be my freind for life! Only due to the fact that if he's in your house he MUST be hungry! Im sure someplace on the outskirts of your area there is some type of construction going on in and around his home! So here he is looking for either a new place to live, food, or both! Id help him out and be his lifetime freind! Wheres he gonna go if you dont? or find someone that will capture him and relocate him to a safe new home away from humans. Humans and their "civilizations" whats so civilized about civilization?
    All we do is wreck everything thats natural THEN, when we realize (admit) that we were wrong in doing so, every one wants to go "green"
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    Cool story.

    Just make sure you're up to date on your shots. Is there a rabies vaccine, or is it only after-the-fact?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crash66 View Post
    Cool story.

    Just make sure you're up to date on your shots. Is there a rabies vaccine, or is it only after-the-fact?
    There is a vaccine but it only works if taken within a certain amount of time from the exposure. They used to be very unfun too, as they had to be applied to the stomach for some reason. I've had rabbies shots once - tried to help a raccoon that had been hit by a car.
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    Cool and interesting, but the situation is not one I would encourage. It might not be safe for you, and by habituating the fox, you may actually be hurting it's ability to survive the way foxes were meant to. It might also be against local ordinances to intentionally feed or keep a fox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Cool and interesting, but the situation is not one I would encourage. It might not be safe for you, and by habituating the fox, you may actually be hurting it's ability to survive the way foxes were meant to. It might also be against local ordinances to intentionally feed or keep a fox.
    Its essentially just a small dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    I'll not be surprised if you have a neighbour feeding the fox and he's learned to associate humans with feeding and friends.
    I'm afraid some people are not going to like this, but the neighbors are feeding them....with their cats.

    We used to be thick with cats around here, they're all gone now, You can hear the foxes making a strange cry, almost like a human baby, as they run around at night, hunting.

    I sleep with the windows open, and about three weeks ago I was woke up at 4:00 am by what I thought was a big cat fight just outside my window, so at the window, I went, "PSSSTT, you're going to attract the foxes!" when two adult foxes looked up at me, then grabbed Tikki, the big persian-like cat from across my street, they had just killed, and ran off up the street with him.

    I had to tell Karin, his owner of 10 years, about it the next day. She was pretty broken up by it, and was going to stay up nights with a .22, but we talked about why that really wasn't a good idea. Very sad, as I like cats, and now I think I know where mine have probably gone over the years, but I'm mostly country raised too, and know nature is a brutal master.

    I don't feed them, and rabies was the exact thought running through my mind, when he nosed me, but I can see they're fine, fat even. The little one does act just like a small dog.

    Thanks for full sizing the picture, deraltekluge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ravenmore View Post
    Its essentially just a small dog.
    Which makes it very hit or miss for any fox coming into my house. If the puppies like him he has a very safe haven , if not he is history. (The puppies are 105 lbs. each).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wernmax View Post
    I'm afraid some people are not going to like this, but the neighbors are feeding them....with their cats.

    We used to be thick with cats around here, they're all gone now, You can hear the foxes making a strange cry, almost like a human baby, as they run around at night, hunting.

    I sleep with the windows open, and about three weeks ago I was woke up at 4:00 am by what I thought was a big cat fight just outside my window, so at the window, I went, "PSSSTT, you're going to attract the foxes!" when two adult foxes looked up at me, then grabbed Tikki, the big persian-like cat from across my street, they had just killed, and ran off up the street with him.

    I had to tell Karin, his owner of 10 years, about it the next day. She was pretty broken up by it, and was going to stay up nights with a .22, but we talked about why that really wasn't a good idea. Very sad, as I like cats, and now I think I know where mine have probably gone over the years, but I'm mostly country raised too, and know nature is a brutal master.

    I don't feed them, and rabies was the exact thought running through my mind, when he nosed me, but I can see they're fine, fat even. The little one does act just like a small dog.

    Thanks for full sizing the picture, deraltekluge.
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