Tonight while sorting out and organising my van for tomorrows work, which I do most evenings and which usually takes about an hour, I saw a fox which isn't unusual. The car park where I park at the back of the tower block where I live is a bit out the way and has spaces for about 40 vehicles with only about 6 or 7 in use. Sometimes, if I ignore the fox and carry on with what I doing, it'll come within about 15 ft of me and it'll just sit and watch. If I turn and look for longer than a few seconds, the fox hikes it off into the undergrowth.
Sometimes if we have food that isn't wanted I'll put it on the scrub around the car park park. I've never seen any fox eat it but by the morning, it'll all be gone.
Tonight I saw the fox as per normal but after about 10 minutes it was joined by another fox, which I assumed at the time was the vixen, and then to my complete surprise, 3 cubs. The cubs must have been very young as they were maybe about or just less than or slightly over a foot long. As usual, I completely ignored them and carried on sorting things out and they were there just watching for about 4 or 5 minutes before going on their way.
I can only guess the fox, or foxes, has or have got to know my smell and my smell on the food I put down there which is why maybe the fox sits and waits.
What amazed me was it's completely the wrong time of year to see fox cubs and I can only put it down to the mild November and December.
The male fox had an incredible coat complete with highly coloured and bushy tail. The vixen looked a bit ragged and her stomach looked 'sucked in' which I guess must be due to the cubs feeding.
On the notice board where I live is dire warnings about feeding the foxes but I cannot see what harm they do. If we've food that needs to be chucked I'd rather the foxes have it than it going in a bin. Food is meant to be eaten and I'd rather feed it to foxes than it rot on some landfill site somewhere to be consumed by either rats or bacteria both of which are as harmfull, for want of a better word, as a fox.
This post has been edited by rosskesava: 17 January 2012 - 01:19