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To not want to double bag a dead fox

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marryinhaste Sat 17-Nov-12 09:18:03

I noticed this morning that the fox I saw "sleeping" in my back garden yesterday is still in the same position, and there's quite a lot of flies buzzing around it.

I called my local authority out of hours number, and was told there's no out of hours service for this (fair enough) but that I should double bag the body and leave it on my driveway for street services to pick it up on Monday. Really? It's a full grown fox, and I couldn't even face going out there to look closely.

I've recently separated from H, and have been facing all the challenges I meet head-on, but this seems a step too far for my bravery! Am I being pathetic? Also, H is being rubbish with contact so unless I want to do it in the dark, the kids will be looking over my shoulder while I do it.

marryinhaste Sat 17-Nov-12 22:50:34

Ok, I get that you think IABU, I was just going by what the website I found said, and others on this thread have had their council deal with it.

UnrequitedSkink Sat 17-Nov-12 22:50:59

Oh give her a break, she's just split up with her H and it's a smelly dead fox! Ask the teenage son tomorrow OP.

Incidentally, did you notice the name of the taxidermist in N1? If it's the one I know of, they're called Get Stuffed grin

scarletforya Sat 17-Nov-12 22:51:03


Council employees get paid to do a lot less needed things than this....sweeping up leaves in the park for example is hardly a priority really.

AmberLeaf Sat 17-Nov-12 22:52:41

My 16 year old son has said he will do it for you!

We are possibly not that far from you, PM me you area and I'll see if its reachable by bus.

flossy101 Sat 17-Nov-12 22:56:52

Oh god OP I really feel for you! I'm not sure i could do this. Hope you get it sorted. smile

dearcathyandclare Sat 17-Nov-12 23:02:43

I just despair sometimes at stuff like this. Just do it and then pat yourself on the back for coping. It really is no big deal and will teach you and your children that you can and will cope with or without a DP.

dearcathyandclare Sat 17-Nov-12 23:06:02

And if you leave it much longer the rats will find it and thank you for their meal ticket.

ladymariner Sat 17-Nov-12 23:07:16

What do you think is going to happen op? It's just a dead fox. Not a nice thing to deal with but it's hardly going to hurt you, is it. Honestly, the quicker you deal with it the better you'll feel xx

FromEsme Sat 17-Nov-12 23:11:52

Unrequited I was thinking the same! I always laugh when I walk past there.

This has to be the best thread title of the day.

And OP I think you're getting a hard time. I'm not that squeamish, but I would be wary of getting near a dead fox as well. It does have to be done though.

Get yer gloves on tomorrow, get a spade and get scoopin. You'll have that fox double bagged in a jiffy.

marryinhaste Sat 17-Nov-12 23:15:28

Apart from anything else, I have no-one to take the kids if I were to do it. They are 4 and 2, and the 2 year old in particular would be right in there - I'm not too keen on that.

I have been showing them that we can cope so far - and this will be no different. It's just that my way of coping will involve getting someone in to do it for me grin

VerySmallSqueak Sat 17-Nov-12 23:17:07

I think those of us who can do this sort of thing without bothering about it should count ourselves lucky rather than giving the OP a hard time.

I feel for you OP. But I really think you need to take a deep breath,march yourself out there and do it.We all have to do things at times that we dread or think we can't do - and this is one of those times.

Good luck!

marryinhaste Sat 17-Nov-12 23:18:12

Unrequited - it was Get Stuffed! What made me laugh even more was their one review - "unfriendly and surly" or something similar. Sounds like they take the name seriously grin

TinyDancingHoofer Sat 17-Nov-12 23:20:20

I think you need to take a deep breathe and get it done. Really not that much hassle, yes it might smell but it'll smell worse if you leave it.

dearcathyandclare Sat 17-Nov-12 23:22:39

Ok Op your DC are little but are they in bed now?If so do it now while you are here and we can all sound the trumpets to herald your success. Get 2 bin bags some gloves or carrier bags a torch and go for it! Go on do it!!!!

dearcathyandclare Sat 17-Nov-12 23:23:33

Do it !!!

FromEsme Sat 17-Nov-12 23:24:06

Ach, come on now, does she really want to be doing it in the dark? Wait til morning OP when you can get a good look at the big hairy bastard while you decide how to tackle it. Otherwise you're just going to be hacking away in the dark.

ladymariner Sat 17-Nov-12 23:27:04

Hacking???? Crikey Esme, that's going for it grin

marryinhaste Sat 17-Nov-12 23:28:12

Slight problem in that I don't have a torch.

And I really cannot be unreasonable not to want to do it in the dark - I'd want to see the maggots/rats/exploding/expelling fox I'm dealing with!

TidyDancer Sat 17-Nov-12 23:28:18

I'm surprised you called the council tbh!

I think you really need to just brace yourself and deal with this, it's not that big of a thing. Shut the DC inside the house, it will be fine for all of five minutes and just do what needs to be done.

marryinhaste Sat 17-Nov-12 23:29:10

X post esme grin

dearcathyandclare Sat 17-Nov-12 23:29:28

Fair do's OK put the telly on first thing for the DCs and while they are pre-occupied just get out there. If they catch you tell them that sometimes being a grown up means doing stuff that they can't help with so go back in and watch more TV

dearcathyandclare Sat 17-Nov-12 23:33:46

I doubt there will be maggots in November. You can do this you know OP .You will have dealt with worse recently by the sounds of it.Tap into that knowledge.

CasperGutman Sun 18-Nov-12 08:51:09

OP, you should really get a torch. What if there was a power cut? It's a safety issue -- how would you ensure the safety of your kids if you couldn't see anything?

shockers Sun 18-Nov-12 09:05:09

If there are flies, there will be maggots sooner or later.... I'd get there sooner. I saw a dead fox at the side of the lane (well I smelt it first, from about 200 yards away), and it's stomach was a mass of maggots. You don't want to wait til that happens to pick it up!

I'd ask a neighbour too, are there any burly fellas who might want to show you how capable they are?

VerySmallSqueak Sun 18-Nov-12 09:10:52

Today is the day,if it's to be out bagged up for collection tomorrow.

Let us know when/if you've done it.I'm secretly hoping you prove to yourself that you can do it,but whichever way....

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