Urban Fox!

fox_urbanMany a tale has been told of the urban foxes who come into our gardens and scare away the little blackbirds…

Last week Mason and I came home from one shin-dig or another and as we turned the corner into our ‘Close’ we came face to face with a fox!  We both stood quite still and said to each other ‘fox’, we’re very bright you know.  When I say close, I mean CLOSE, (for a fox); I’d say about 6 foot away, staring right at us!

It was our first encounter with a fox in the city, E14 is still the city I don’t care what you say.  But none the less we watched this litttle fox and he watched us, until a car came speeding up the road making the fox jump and it ran away.  It was quite exciting to come face to face with wild nature in our little corner of the suburb…

The Modern English “fox” is Old English, and comes from the Proto-Germanic word fukh – compare German Fuchs, Gothic fauho, Old Norse foa and Dutch vos. It corresponds to the Proto-Indo-European word puk- meaning “tail of it” (compare Sanskrit puccha, also “tail”). The bushy tail is also the source of the word for fox in Welsh: llwynog, from llwyn, “bush, grove”. Lithuanian: uodegis, from uodega, “tail”, Portuguese: raposa, from rabo, “tail” and Ojibwa: waagosh, from waa, which refers to the up and down “bounce” or flickering of an animal or it’s tail.

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