Monday, May 6, 2013

I saw a fox last night

Photo from U.S. Fish & Game service
I always get a happy feeling whenever I see a fox. The neighborhood kids have been telling me there was a fox around for about a year. Last night after dark I finally spotted him myself. I looked out a window because my dog was agitated. It's not unusual for her to get excited about something after dark because there are always animals of some sort out there, especially deer.

My lane was quiet and dark except for porch lights. I spotted movement in the yard directly across from my house. At first I thought it might be a cat, but then the thick luxuriant tail was revealed at the end of a lean and dainty body.

The fox sat down in a driveway, back lit by a porch light. He kicked back and scratched an ear. My dog barked at him through the window. He looked at us nonchalantly as if to say "Yeah, I know you're there." I admired him for a few moments until he trotted off into the neighbor's backyard. When he went under the light I saw his brilliant red coat. He was beautiful and had a jaunty attitude just like a fox in a cartoon. Mr. Fox was a delight to see. I wonder if I'll be able to sneak a peek at him again this year. He just might let me. We had a nice and proper introduction last night.