British Red Foxes are nimble and can easily cross over or under structures. They can be quite tame in suburban and urban areas where food is plentiful.
Terry Woods has worked with foxes for years, serving as an ambulance driver and fox sab for some of that time. “Foxagon” illustrates his current endeavors. It’s a service that educates and humanly deals with foxes often found in home gardens.
Feeding foxes can be controversial. Leaving dishes of food (in some cases, an entire roast) is a common practice that bridges a connection between human and fox. Others argue that a wild fox should stay fully wild.
Dani lives with her husband and Border Collie in a house filled with fox trinkets and figurines. She has a few foxes that visit regularly for scheduled evening meals. Her garden hosts a family of Badgers that trade places with the foxes on her patio, where she leaves food. In the back of the garden, there’s an enclosure for foxes who need rehabilitation.
Two of the biggest problems that foxes face are roads and mange. This fox was paralyzed - a grim situation; likely from an impact with a car.
The Fox Project has two ambulances that are used to rescue and transport foxes. Taz Kenward is one of the ambulance drivers. She works with colleagues, volunteers and interns to treat around 800 foxes every year.
Foxes are moved from the clinic to a fosterer’s home if rehabilitation or time to heal is needed. The enclosures are spacious, and fosterers generally have a lot of experience with the system.
Rita Startup has been a fosterer for over twenty years, and has an enclosure in her garden. Sometimes one fox is more curious than others in the enclosure; especially if it’s a young fox. A friendly fox is not ideal. If a fox is too friendly, it will be put in a new enclosure and its natural, wild behavior will be encouraged.
especially if it’s a young fox.
Ideally, a fox is released in the same area that it was rescued from. If it’s released into a new spot, the unknown territory can be problematic if another fox has already claimed the area.
A healthy, released fox has more threats than just mange and cars. And what about the countryside? Fox hunting has been a part of Britain’s culture for hundreds of years. It’s deeply instilled in the history of aristocrats in the country. It may be illegal, but the power of the aristocratic class is ever-reaching. The most brutal, unethical death that a British Fox can face is from the hunt. Saboteurs risk their lives to directly combat it and are occasionally targeted in their everyday lives, so her face was hidden in this photo. They are a symbol of hope and resilience for the Red Fox in the U.K.