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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
A fox and her mate 
7th-Aug-2013 06:58 am
The reason why the red fox in the yard is always around these days is because there are actually two of them. Lately they have been doing team sports such as digging in our sand pile (doesn't everyone have a sand pile?) and chasing small rodents from both sides of a fallen log. One of them - the one with the white spot on its left hip - is much more comfortable around humans than the other.

Foxes make me nervous because of the possibilities of rabies and of dead newborn goats. I just have to remember that all of our outdoor animals have had their rabies vaccines and that I'm not breeding my goats this year unless I get a miracle/sale in the next month that brings my numbers down. So the foxes really aren't that much of a threat. They are just keeping the lower order omnivores, herbivores, and larger insect populations (mice, rabbits, and crickets) down.

two foxes in the front yard 8-6
7th-Aug-2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
I have a serious weak spot for foxes. If you end up getting a picture of them, will you post it?
7th-Aug-2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Your wish kicks my lazy ass into uploading, so the post is modified to include it... This was on my camera vs. my iPad, so required actually uploading it vs. using an application to push. Click on the photo to get the bigger version.

Edited at 2013-08-07 06:29 pm (UTC)
7th-Aug-2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They're beautiful!!
7th-Aug-2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
YAY! Foxes!
7th-Aug-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
No, not everyone has a sand pile. Seriously lazy-about-property-"upkeep" people have gravel piles - plural. Love the foxes! Your property looks a lot like ours.

We've had some cool weather in Vermont too; my bucklings are scheduled to be fixed a week from Monday, which better not be too late. I have crazy ideas of limiting our breeding to a single doe this year - we're a bit overrun with goats this year too. We really have to hope some of them move at the VT fair this fall. It's parallel lives in states that begin with V!

8th-Aug-2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Too cool! (Also, what do you use the sand pile for? If you don't mind my asking.)

Edited at 2013-08-08 01:28 pm (UTC)
8th-Aug-2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
The sand is left over from building part of the drainage system for our new garden bed.
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