You never know who may drop in

The Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: The Unexpected

This post was inspired by Sue’s unexpected post The Fox

One afternoon I was sitting with my bestie on her verandah having a cuppa and suddenly over the mound of recently created mulch pile came a face that is hardly ever seen at her place. This was quite unexpected. I managed a quick photo before it disappeared down the hill heading to the neighbours chook house no doubt.

Foxes were bought by the early English settlers who missed their Fox Hunts.

“The European red fox was deliberately introduced
to Australia for recreational hunting in 1855 and fox
populations became established in the wild in the
early 1870s. Within 100 years, the fox had spread
across most of Australia”
“2012 estimates indicate that there are more than
7.2 million red foxes in Australia”

The Fox has been a major contributor to the decline of many Australian small native species – Bilbys, Night Parrots, Numbats, some Wallaby species and so many native rodents.

19 thoughts on “You never know who may drop in

    1. The best thing is that foxes don’t go into areas where Dingoes are. When I had Dingoes close to my place I never had any problem with Foxes. When the Dingoes didn’t appear as often, probably hunted or baited by stupid people, the foxes started to take my chooks.
      Why was hubby called Fox?

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      1. Because he was clever in the sense that he always knew who was going to pair up, sometimes even before the couple themselves knew. At least, that’s what he tells me. πŸ™‚

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  1. And people think they’re the smartest creatures on the planet. Might be the dumbest. Going to all that trouble to introduce something so it can be killed for ‘sport.’

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      1. Yes, I knew about the rabbits. I suppose the excuse is they didn’t know any better, and goodness knows I’ve done plenty of dumb things in my life, but still…

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  2. I’m delighted to have given you the idea – Foxes R Us!
    Your fox is gorgeous, such a pretty face – it looks quite young too. Thank goodness we don’t have fox hunting now.

    The grey squirrels were introduced to Britain from North America, unfortunately, the greys carried a disease that our native red squirrels had no immunity to. The red squirrels were almost wiped out. We have a few protected red squirrel areas but they are few and far between. Thank you, Brian. πŸ™‚

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