A short but sweet photo blog featuring some gallus, Glasgow foxes. Pure dead brilliant, by the way....
Ever the opportunist, urban foxes thrive on the mess humans leave behind however they also benefit from the generosity of animal lovers who feed foxes everything from cat and dog food to burgers and chips! I have no issue with people feeding foxes as I do it myself but for what it's worth, my advice is to avoid burgers and chips!
It's thirsty work being an urban fox...
Rural foxes can live for 12-15 years however their urban cousins are not so lucky and have much shorter life expectancy at around 2 years. This is largely down to cars (60%) although I’m sure pest control has a big part to play (BBC).
It seems that some humans have issues with both rural and urban foxes and if they’re not being chased by packs of hounds as part of a barbaric hunt, they’re being run over or trapped and shot in our towns and cities.
For those who live in towns and cities, urban foxes provide a connection with nature that may otherwise not be available. Urban green spaces such as city parks provide superb opportunities to see a range of wildlife including foxes and squirrels.
A recent report "shows that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression" (Natural England 2016).
Get out and explore, you'll be amazed at what you might see.
Keep an eye out for foxes, they don't know the green cross code.