Gangster Foxes: Talbot and Reynard

When adorable foxes go bad…

After I posted about the cheeky fox at my work, Darnell and Calmgrove came up with the excellent fox names Talbot and Reynard. However it turns out that Shaily guessed where the story would go. Because the foxes (I found out there are two, conveniently since I have two names) have chosen a twisted path.

I was walking back from lunch and was surprised to see one of the foxes, Talbot I would guess, walking down the main path. Normally in daytime, when there are a fair few people about, the foxes are nowhere to be seen. Certainly not out in the sun. Then I saw that he was walking towards a toddler. Not quite stalking, but Talbot would stop every few steps and stare at the kid waddling about in a white jacket, then walk closer. This did not look right to me. Foxes don’t do that. It also didn’t look right to Jess and Mateo, who I saw were walking fast towards them.

Fox Talbot saw the two gardeners heading for him and did a few steps at a half-run, then stopped and stared at them. Then a couple more steps and then stood waiting. He didn’t seem afraid at all. When he did wander off, he sat a few metres away under a bush and had a bit of a roll around in the grass.

By now I’d made it over to the group and heard the child’s guardian explain what had been happening.

‘The foxes do come up to the kids sometimes. They’re not scared. Yesterday, one of them stole William’s ball. William chased after the fox to get it back, so the fox ran off. But then he came back with another fox, like he got reinforcements.’

I refuse to believe that Reynard and Talbot are bad foxes, they’re just misguided. But it does look like they might have set up an extortion business intimidating small children in order to take their toys.

What do we do now?

18 thoughts on “Gangster Foxes: Talbot and Reynard

  1. I think Talbot was being inquisitive. He didn’t act threatening. He wanted to demonstrate how a fox can stop, drop, and roll…while Reynard steals toys. They make a good team, but I wouldn’t forget, they are predators. Cute predators. It’s best to observe from a distance.

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    1. To be honest, I’m more worried about the parents’ reactions to the foxes’ inquisitiveness than to the foxes themselves. Parents in our gardens can become vicious and unpredictable if they feel threatened. And they complain a lot.

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    1. Most animals have their mean moments, I guess. Except sloths. You’ll never find a sloth acting mean. Never. They use those big claws for freeing ducklings from drains.

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  2. Attach a ball firmly to a bungee rope hung from a tree branch, but a little higher than you think the fox can jump. While you get the measure of what height that might be enjoy the sight of a Talbot (or is it Reynard?) imitating a yoyo with his/her teeth clamped round the ball. Cruel? Not at all, they’ll love it!

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    1. I think I, and probably all my colleagues, might love it too. It’s even better than playing catch through tree branches with a rolled up pair of gloves (to date that has been our best game). I can just see Dan boinging up and down on the bungee while poor Talbot looks on jealously.

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