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Old 06.06.2016, 11:29
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Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

There is a lone fox kitten in a garden. I haven't seen the mom-fox around. If I did call a tierheim (or I'm not sure who yet), would they try to rehabilitate it or would it be put down?

The property owner didn't mind there is a fox kitten living in her garden...and they have chickens.
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

How long for? And how young is the little fox? Does he appear healthy or not?

Mums will leave them to go hunting and feed them at night out of sight- so it is nor abnormal for cubs to be seen alone as they get old enough to begin exploring.

With all wildlife youngsters, best to leave well alone and observe for some time- unless it looks thin and sick (I worked for years for a wildlife rescue centre/hospital in the UK, and we had so many problems with people bringing in birds and all sorts of young animals that were perfectly healthy and with parents feeding them discreetly).
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Old 06.06.2016, 11:48
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

It looks healthy, with a nice-looking coat, not reddish, but a dull beige in color, and quite alert (to my untrained eye). It's probably a month old. I see it when it pops out from under its shed to bask in the sun. It's been about a couple of weeks since I spotted it.

I will gladly leave it alone because it's a treat to watch it grow.

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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

Unusual to just have one though- usually three or more. Although foxes are very good at regulating the number of cubs born to local conditions and food available. Tell us how it goes- take a photo and post?
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Old 06.06.2016, 18:55
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

Oh yes, pictures please if you can!
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Old 07.06.2016, 11:42
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

just in case there people who want to coo over baby foxes.

this gentleman runs the national fox welfare society in the uk

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and this is a rescue buckwildrescue in texas that happens to have a cute baby fox doing baby fox things..

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is there anything like this in switzerland?

I was walking my dog late at night in Zürich once. It was a nice area. an older lady came up to me and gave me some calve bones for my dog. she said she sometimes leaves them out for foxes but its not allowed

I suspect though she might have thought my dog needed them as I was rocking my homeless look..
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Feeding foxes in towns is a recipe for disaster. Very long-term studies at Bristol uni have shown that foxes are very good at regualting their own numbers, in relation ot the food available. When food is scarce, only the top vixen will breed a couple of cubs. As food becomes more readily available, all vixens breed and 3 to more cubs.

Feeding in towns in the UK, as well as all the food litter available from fast food outlets, restaurants, etc- has let to far too many foxes in towns and conflict with the population, which in turns is very bad news for the fox. So let them do their own thing and watch from a distance.

Enjoy.
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Feeding foxes in towns is a recipe for disaster. Very long-term studies at Bristol uni have shown that foxes are very good at regualting their own numbers, in relation ot the food available. When food is scarce, only the top vixen will breed a couple of cubs. As food becomes more readily available, all vixens breed and 3 to more cubs.

Feeding in towns in the UK, as well as all the food litter available from fast food outlets, restaurants, etc- has let to far too many foxes in towns and conflict with the population, which in turns is very bad news for the fox. So let them do their own thing and watch from a distance.

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if only humans were so considerate

be like a vixen or wolf ladies.

any footage on the little swiss fox?

pretty sure you can turn an ipad/phone/laptop into a surveillance device, triggered by movement.
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

Udate:

Just as I was thinking that the baby fox was gone, I just witnessed history! The fox chased and caught a hen from the garden it lives in. The fox is no longer a baby; it is still pretty, just not as orange as I imagined it would; and it looks healthy, what with the supply of fresh chicken right there sharing together the same abode.

Unfortunately, the wildlife "rehabilitation" will come out and shoot it very soon, per my neighbor's info.
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

Hi,

Can you tell me more about the location of the fox ?
I would like to try to take pictures of them. But as I am quite new at wildlife photo, I need info about where to spot foxes .
I'm living very close to Zürichberg (Tierspital/Waldgarten) and I would like also to know if there would be foxes in the woods.

Thanks for any valuable info

Regards,

Romain.
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

I don't think it's a good idea to give the location of wild animals here, you may want to shoot them with a camera, but there are people out there with the other kind of shooting on their minds.
Also, the OP may not want to tell us all where he/she lives.
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

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I don't think it's a good idea to give the location of wild animals here, you may want to shoot them with a camera, but there are people out there with the other kind of shooting on their minds.
Also, the OP may not want to tell us all where he/she lives.
Hi,

You are right, I didn't think this way...
I'm not asking for precise GPS localization though. Just if someone can tell me if I would find foxes in the Zürichberg forest, would be enough. I can then wander myself for pictures .

Also any infos about nice bird species to find around ?
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

You can see foxes in many meadows or farm fields bordering woods.

But you have to be out and about before daybreak. Or at dusk.

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Most of OH's wildlife photos were pure happenstance. He takes his camera when out walking the mutts and is often lucky to spot an interesting critter along the way.

(Actually, it's Hooligan who does the spotting.)
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Udate:

Just as I was thinking that the baby fox was gone, I just witnessed history! The fox chased and caught a hen from the garden it lives in. The fox is no longer a baby; it is still pretty, just not as orange as I imagined it would; and it looks healthy, what with the supply of fresh chicken right there sharing together the same abode.

Unfortunately, the wildlife "rehabilitation" will come out and shoot it very soon, per my neighbor's info.
You could have caught it and sold it on the forum.
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

I live by the lake and see foxes at least once a week, either in our garden or running along Seestrasse in the early hours. The go down to the lakeside and take nesting birds.
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Hi,

Can you tell me more about the location of the fox ?
I would like to try to take pictures of them. But as I am quite new at wildlife photo, I need info about where to spot foxes .
I'm living very close to Zürichberg (Tierspital/Waldgarten) and I would like also to know if there would be foxes in the woods.

Thanks for any valuable info

Regards,

Romain.
Just get yourself to Zürich Wilderness Park.

You can photograph foxes, wolves, bears, reindeers, elks, ponies, goats, and whatnot.
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Re: Fox kitten in a garden and no parents in sight

"You can photograph foxes, wolves, bears, reindeers, elks, ponies, goats, and whatnot."

Not sure why quoting isn't currently working on my computer. This sentence stopped my heart until I hit "ponies". Though the idea of wolves and bears freely roaming Zurich is scary but strangely intriguing.
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You could have caught it and sold it on the forum.
He could also have fattened it up and grilled it for Easter!

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Though the idea of wolves and bears freely roaming Zurich is scary but strangely intriguing.
They aren't freely roaming Zurich, they are fenced and/or caged in.

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They aren't freely roaming Zurich, they are fenced and/or caged in.

Tom

Wolves are getting pretty close to Zurich now
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