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Saturday, December 7, 2013

The most handsome boy on the mountain


Three weekends ago, we were driving down the mountain for lunch, and I spied movement on the side of the road. I exclaimed,"Look - a fox!" because I still get geeked about any and all forms of fauna up this way. LB said,"No, it's a cat. Foxes aren't black." But it was a black fox, a most handsome boy with a white tipped tail.

He came visiting yesterday afternoon, and I completely spazzed out. I opened the door and cooed "Hello, sweetheart!" He came right up to me which tells me this good-looking fellow is used to the occasional treat from other enamored humanfolk.

I resisted the urge to bolt out and hug him. Is it so wrong to want to caress that beautiful tippy tail?

23 comments:

Laurel Lyon said...

So beautiful!

Laurel Lyon said...

Oh, er - did he say anything?

Sharon @ Novara Way said...

That's way cool! I can't believe he found you. I also can't believe you were able to snap those pictures of him. His tail is fantastic. I've never seen a black fox! Happy winter.
Sharon

Tara Dillard said...

Never, ever seen a black fox.

Show off!

Just damn. Show it off.

XO T

wellfedfred said...

I take it this means there are no plans for a backyard chicken coop, No matter how well designed...

or should I just say Tally-Ho!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

This is the coolest! Find out what is appropriate to feed him. Maybe you could make a little den/nest for him out in a corner of your yard?

Interior Design Musings said...

OK, I grew up in the middle of nowhere - seeing deer, raccoons, red squirrels, flying squirrels, etc. BUT, I've never seen anything like him!!!! A complete treat - Beautiful! Did you feed him?! M.

Raina Cox said...

Laurel Lyon - I half expected magical fairy dust to rain down and him to invite me to Narnia. And he had THE MOST BEAUTIFUL face which I wasn't able to capture on my crap iPhone.

Sharon - I took a dozen shots, but these two were the best. He was fast!

Tara Dillard - He's a little charmer.

wellfedfred - Ha! Chicken coops aren't allowed on our mountain. They would just be glorified feeding stations for all of the critters. Actually, the Hubs and I call the couple of fenced dog runs we've seen up here "snack traps."

Linda {Calling it Home} - I thought about making him a little bed, but it would quickly be usurped or destroyed by some other animal. The squirrels around here are notorious for decimating upholstered patio furniture. I caught one taking a bite out of my new sofa two weeks ago, even though the piece was wrapped in two tarps.

Interior Design Musings - Of course I did not feed him. ;) ;) That would be against habitat policy around here.

My Interior Life said...

Oh, he's so pretty. Definitely magical. Next thing you know you'll be spying a unicorn. I just want to pet him.

Leslie at Lekalia Interiors said...

Beautiful!

Jessie said...

Very cool! I haven't seen a black fox before especially one with a white tipped tail.

Just wondering (like everyone else), did you feed him?

Raina Cox said...

Jessie - Local conservation policy requests that we don't feed the wildlife, but he's too cute not to offer a little something. ;)

jason said...

magical!

An Urban Cottage said...

No way. That is so cool. I didn't even know there was such a thing.

Word on our neighborhood Yahoo group has that we have a family of silver fox in the hood. (Also didn't know there was such a thing). I guess they're here to eat the rats and I say, Welcome to the hood.

Your fox is cooler than our fox.

David said...

Yay for you giving him a little treat. He's a black fox in the snow, he's likely working as hard as he can to feed himself with varying degrees of success.

jtc said...

I love wildlife - he is absolutely fabulous!!! We had a family of red foxes near our house and I loved watching the babies play....just like kittens. Please keep us posted on your new friend.

Sharon Brown said...

Glad to know I'm not the only woman who goes gaga over a fox!

Holly Phillips @ The English Room said...

He is AMAZING. Lucky you Dolittle. I would have wanted to hug him too.

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Now that's really exciting! I have spied a few foxes around my house but never ever a black fox! So pretty! We have seen coyotes up close and personal in our back yard before and I was so excited I couldn't even think clearly enough to get a camera. Hope he comes back!!

Megan said...

http://www.dogheirs.com/george/posts/1632-man-rescues-fox-and-finds-his-new-best-friend-video

this!

Mar gar et said...

Friendly foxes are rabid foxes. Just sayin'.

home before dark said...

I live in suburban Lawrence, Ks and we have foxes in our back yard! Not the way cool black and white, just the gorgeous reddish brown. Yes to photos. Yes to being gobsmacked. Big no to feeding them or trying to pet them. Do know they will eat anything smaller than they are which includes cats and small dogs.

Lausi said...

Arghhhh... I admire you for NOT giving in to the temptation to cuddle this gorgeous creature to death!
So fluffy and beautiful.
Izzzz wants a black-pet-fox pleeeeease....