If you thought this post would be about the Rupert Murdoch-owned American right wing media outlet, you are mistaken. But now that I’ve lured you in with such a clever pun, why not stay a while and read about what our furry friends – actual foxes – are up to around the globe?
Let’s start with the US state of Florida, shall we?
On Florida’s Panama City Beach, red foxes are eating up loggerhead turtle eggs, much to the consternation of local egg-guarding environmentalists. Though the foxes aren’t the biggest threat to the turtles, they have been spotted digging up loggerhead eggs on the beach during this years egg-laying season – for the first time since 1991.
Dan Rowe, executive director of the Bay County Tourist Development Council (TDC) explains:
The red fox attacks this year only impacted three to four nests, all of which were on the west end of the program’s 17.5-mile watch area. However, the biggest dangers to the turtles and hatchlings remain bright beachfront lighting and the growth of beach furniture left on the sand overnight.
Read more in the Walton Sun.
Across the world in Melbourne, Australia, the fox population is on the rise. Non-native and considered an invasive species in Australia, foxes are a threat to livestock and indigenous wildlife.
From The Age:
Melbourne’s foxes live in dens by rivers, creeks and drains, under bridges and culverts, under sheds, on railway reserves and in gardens and parks.
One wonders why foxes are there in the first place, but the problem seems to be partly the fault of people who keep foxes as pets, cooped up in pens in their back yards.
Next, in the London suburb of Epsom, two foxes have been found dead beside a car park, laid side by side for all to see. They may have been poisoned or shot, but were most likely run over, according to authorities.
Lastly, have a look at this BBC wildlife video of a fox doing a nosedive into the snow in Yellowstone Park in the western United States. It’s a beautiful piece of nature filmmaking.