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Anyhow, looking out of my dining room window, I saw the Bibbed duck (named Flick - the brown duck in the photo on the left) lying almost motionless on the netting of our fishpond, pinned down by an adolescent fox.Shouting “” or some such -- admittedly slightly more explicit -- harangue, I shot through the kitchen and flew out of the back door shouting at the top of my lungs.Upon collecting him we were told that, during the surgery ,they had found not one, but four punctures, all of about the same size and depth – one from each of the fox's canines.
Content Updated: 7th February 2016 QUESTIONS: What is mange? How can I keep foxes out of my garden and secure my pets? Why shouldn’t I feed foxes (and animals in general) chocolate? Is it likely that a fox will attack me, my child, my cat or my dog? Should we introduce large predators to control fox numbers? Sarcoptic mange is a skin disease caused by a small (2 to 4 mm or less than one-quarter inch) parasitic mite ( causes the condition commonly referred to as "scabies" and foxes have been known to infect the occasional human.
Why does my dog seem to have a penchant for rolling in fox scat? Does surplus killing represent a "waste" of energy and resources for a fox? When and how did foxes come to live in our towns and cities? Why do foxes kill their own young and the young of other foxes? Female mites burrow into the skin where they may live for as long as two months.
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(Back to Menu) Q: It’s all very well for you to sit at your computer and tell people that foxes only kill pets to feed themselves and don’t kill for sport.
Foxes undergoing their summer moult are sometimes mistaken for those suffering from mange, because the infection starts from the hind quarters and spreads forward; infected foxes often have very bedraggled looking hips and tails.