I mentioned a little while ago that a fox cub had fallen through the roof of my greenhouse. This sounds rather alarming, and caused some consternation on the comment threads, so I thought I should clarify. My little garden is all of 16ft square, and backs onto a 12ft, ivy clad wall, over the other side of which is a large car park. On top of the wall live a couple of beautiful young fox cubs, who scamper out of the ivy and along the wall every time I venture out of my back door.
I was a little worried that they would scare Wilb when I first noticed they had taken up residence, but so far they seem to live in harmony, and Wilb of course rules the roost, so I am happy enough for them to stay there for now. However, they have a rather messy dismount from the wall, due to the fact that it is 3 or 4 times higher than anything they should really be jumping off.
Consequently one of these dismounts resulted in the poor creature crashing through the plastic roof of my greenhouse. It is only really a plastic sheet rather than solid plastic, so I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have hurt itself too much. The greenhouse may in fact have broken its fall, and prevented the poor creature being speared by a raspberry cane.
Their methods of getting back onto the wall involve jumping up a 6ft fence, and then from the fence up another 6ft onto the wall. This often requires several attempts and is highly entertaining to watch from the kitchen window whilst doing the dishes. Who needs television?
Anyway, I noticed one of them practicing this technique a week or so ago, and managed to scramble the camera just in time. Thought I would stick it up here so you can see my resident wildlife. Now I’m never going to be able to set up with urban chickens am I? Sigh.
Apologies for a slightly dodgy shot with intruding clothes line, but the cub would definitely have vamoosed by the time I got outside, so a pic through the window was all I could manage I’m afraid.