Let’s Go Outside: Another fox attack: Updated

16 Jul

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This weekend we had another fox attack. This time the fox had the audacity to come right up to the pond, next to the house, and grabbed the female. I was woken by my nephew at 5.30am on Sunday saying, ‘Aunty Helen, there’s a fox on the lawn with a duck in its mouth.’ Both my husband and I ran downstairs immediately, but somehow the duck had escaped. I searched for the fox, sensed movement on the far side of the pond so clapped my hands. It fell into the water, but got out and ran over the road. It was a big one.

The duck is not looking good. I can’t get close to her as she moves to an area around the pond impossible to get to. And Neville is protecting her. I’ve put food and water as close as I dare – she isn’t walking up to the usual food area, she isn’t even swimming. But when I put the water down for her she gratefully had a drink. I’m guessing she is suffering from shock, poor thing, and I don’t want to do anything that will shock her further.

I wish they were used to being handled by humans. I wish they had been brought up sleeping in a duck house at night. I have tried to make them come to me in the year we’ve owned them but they don’t want to know. But what is done is done I suppose. I know I’ll do things very differently if I raise ducks myself.

If something happens to her, I don’t know what we’ll do with Neville.

Updated: Poor duck died, probably as I was writing this post. Now Neville is alone. But we’re on the case and have already identified a breeder to get him two new mature female friends.

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6 Responses to “Let’s Go Outside: Another fox attack: Updated”

  1. Linda Fornal July 16, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Poor ducks and poor you. Maybe you could introduce some more ducks, handle and house them in front of Neville and his lady, so they get the idea. xx

    • Helen July 16, 2013 at 8:27 am #

      Yes that’s been our thinking. And put a house with run next to pond so we can keep them safe, they have access to a paddling pool and we can let them out onto the big pond during day when not as much at risk of foxes.

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