Mommy Silver Fox and her children live in my horse pasture
June 3, 2008 8:23am CST
For many years we have had a family of silver fox that live near us. The silver fox is smaller then the red and is much more secret about their lives. http://members.tripod.com/wildrescue__1/id83.htm We have a mother that had her babies in the cliffs across the road from my house. All spring I would see her cross the road, go through the pasture to hunt and go back across the road with her catch to feed her young. Yesterday she began the process of moving her children into a new den she has dug in the back of a hill just outside the horse's fence. She's a little thing. Not much bigger then my cats. Her young has grown enough that she had to set them down in the middle of the pasture to take a breather and then off again. I think she may have 4 babies but may have missed a trip. The gelding and stallion don't bother her although she walked past them within a few feet. They sniff at her then go back to their grazing. Our little momma is a service to us also because she is an avid rat, mole, and mouse hunter so will keep the population down and every farmer/rancher will tell you that those pest can cost alot due to ruined grains and not to mention how they chew expensive horse blankets and tack. As her children begin to grow they will be eating insects also..another nasty pest! Every time our furry family removes a pest will be some pesticide that will not be put out in our world thus helping my environmental cause and my love of our Mother Earth. We have so many different partnerships that make our world work and I wonder if we even realize it. We can all live together if we just practice tolerance. This is written for my grandchildren ( Niamh and Niall included) whom I hope I am teaching a love and acceptance for the world around them. What's in your backyard? xoxoxoxoxoxo
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3 Jun 08
Hi raydene! I do agree with you that we have so many partners here that could make our world really work out just fine. I don't believe that anything here in this planet is no good. All creations have a use or have some kind of mission to do here. Just like you have said, the silver fox are here to eat the rats and the other pests and these pests, although they may be pests, I am sure they have some use for this planet. I just hope that in time, we will all know how to co-exist with all the creations. And I am sure that Niamh and Niall have been taught well by you and their mom, and they are smart kids..I think they took after........ME! haha..Ooops! Take Care and Keep Smiling! God Bless!
3 Jun 08
How wonderful that you can watch this brave and loving mother and get close enough to see her moving them to their new home! I do believe that this earth has a very intricate and complex eco system that keeps everything ticking over so very beautifully if we would only let them! I know Niamh and Niall will be thrilled to read this tomorrow after school and just as thrilled that you include them! The Technician that is the leader of Nialls eco club has been nominated as a finalist in a prestigous Education award ceremony which is next Friday - Niall is going to the ceremony , he and the boy who helped set up the club are the only 2 pupils going and he has already been told that if she wins he has to go with her to collect the award - he is writin her acceptance speech for her already! lol xxx
• United States
4 Jun 08
Thats is so cool about The momma and her babies. I have a houseful of critters. Dog, cats, kittens and a bird. As for wild life, we have racoons, ground hogs, moles, and opposums. Occasionally we see deer closae by. I live in the city, but we have a creek and some woods at the end of the street. Of course we have the usual squirrels, birds etc.
• St. Catharines, Ontario
3 Jun 08
What's in my backyard? Nasty squirrels that think I've planted my garden for them! I didn't get a single nectarine last year thanks to the squirrels picking at them when they were still green! Then they'd bungee jump onto my raspberry patch and break some canes...