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AIBU to think a fox cub is cute and so adoreable and maybe put out titbits

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Yukduck Sat 23-Apr-16 20:39:13

For three sundowns running we have had a fox cub come into our back garden and have a drink from our pond.
The first night we thought he was a hedgehog ambling around the garden and setting off the personal light at the back as he is about the same size. It was twilight and we got quite close (about 20ft away) before we could see it was a fox cub.
Mum fox is about but stays up the bank and not in our garden watching her cub. He seems a sturdy little fellow.
I know they are vermin. But he really is the cutest little thing with bright eyes and a bit chubby and fluffy and very alert and inquisitive.
Would it be so very wrong to leave out some chicken or cat food?

bornwithaplasticspoon Sat 23-Apr-16 20:43:05

I wouldn't as you'll be overrun.. plus fox poo STINKS. You want to avoid that.

elQuintoConyo Sat 23-Apr-16 20:43:49

Yes. Yabvu. hmm

Mrsmorton Sat 23-Apr-16 20:43:59

Yes it would be wrong. Leave them to find their food naturally.

IDontSayBlahBlahBlah Sat 23-Apr-16 20:44:57

Tabu. You know they can attack don't you?

ChubbyPolecat Sat 23-Apr-16 20:45:25

Yes you shouldn't encourage it to become reliant on people. It's a wild animal not a pet

BigGreenOlives Sat 23-Apr-16 20:45:38

It depends, do you want your garden to have lots of holes dug in it, to be woken up in the middle of the night by foxes screaming, to find rubbish in your garden which they have found in someone else's garden and to have any toys, clothes & shoes left out overnight chewed/taken/destroyed?

Sparklingbrook Sat 23-Apr-16 20:46:09

We ended up feeding a fox because it was very unwell so we put food out with medicine on and it got better. I don't expect people to understand though.

SoupDragon Sat 23-Apr-16 20:48:16

Don't feed the vermin.

Putting medicine out is one thing, simply feeding them is another.

JuxtapositionRecords Sat 23-Apr-16 20:48:23

Have you ever heard foxes have sex? That put me right off thinking they were cute.

Please don't feed it. They don't need human interaction.

lulucappuccino Sat 23-Apr-16 20:48:37

You're all insane! Yes, leaving a few scraps is a lovely thing to do. The cub won't become domesticated!

CamembertQueen Sat 23-Apr-16 20:48:43

I would (and have!) even gave them medicine for scabies... I love animals though.

lalalalyra Sat 23-Apr-16 20:49:29

I wouldn't. It encourages them to get reliant on people and not everyone will appreciate it and could end up harming them.

Sparklingbrook's example is the only time I'd make an exception.

lulucappuccino Sat 23-Apr-16 20:49:31

Laughing at the thought of foxes attacking! What rubbish!

Wolfiefan Sat 23-Apr-16 20:50:23

I think foxes are beautiful.
They are also wild animals. Feeding them encourages them to come to your house. There have been cases of foxes getting into houses and attacking babies/toddlers. They are not cuddly and cute.
Don't do it.

Sparklingbrook Sat 23-Apr-16 20:50:35

Well we still put a bit of food out for the fox and it comes every night. Never causes any bother, eats and leaves. No poo no holes and never heard a peep. We do have fields to the back though.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 23-Apr-16 20:52:33

They are cute and adorable but you shouldn't feed unless you have thought through the long term consequences I.e. they will become dependent on you feeding them, and depending in how you fees them they may become less afraid of you/humans which may not be a good idea.

They are gorgeous though, you are very lucky smile

Vinorosso74 Sat 23-Apr-16 20:52:34

I wouldn't encourage it however cute. The smell of fox poo and pee is overpowering.
We had a gang of 3 you get foxes last summer around our way. The smell and noise plus we couldn't leave the back door open for a minute as they were quite bold.
One morning I noticed all these huge holes dug in our garden obviously the foxes bit it was really weird. One of them bandaged to knock the hopper off a downpipe luckily 2e realised before it rained. To top it all I was worried about my poor old cat.

Vinorosso74 Sat 23-Apr-16 20:53:08

*young not you get

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sat 23-Apr-16 20:53:38

I don't know anything about fox cubs. I only coo over them. He sounds gorgeous. I bet you just want to get hold of him and snuggle him. Aww and it's so cute the mummy watching her baby. I'd be crying. If I saw something that beautiful.
Can I be cheeky and ask. Is there any chance of a picture.

SwingingFromTheChanderlier Sat 23-Apr-16 20:54:08

wolfie do you not remember the incident a few years back when a fox attacked and (I believe?) killed a sleeping baby!

Rare but yes they can.

SoupDragon Sat 23-Apr-16 20:54:34

My back door stinks off fox piss.
My front door stinks of fox piss.
My dog regularly stinks of fox shit.
The bloody things torment my dog because they know how far he can get on his long line and I can't let him off the lead in his own garden because the foxes/badgers have wrecked the fences.
They chased my cat down the garden and right up to the catflap.

No doubt someone is feeding the bastards.

Yukduck Sat 23-Apr-16 20:55:02

He was here again tonight about an hour ago and just had a wander around the bank and into our garden then back out to meet up with mum fox. I take your point about fox poo. It does stink and I don't want it in my garden. I will avoid encouraging him to stay longer than for a drink so no feeding.
I would rather it be a hedgehog and that was why we go so excited when we thought we had one. That would really make my year.
But IANBU to think him cute!

SoupDragon Sat 23-Apr-16 20:55:50

I bet you just want to get hold of him and snuggle him.

Only if you want fleas and ticks.

SwingingFromTheChanderlier Sat 23-Apr-16 20:56:17

Oops not you wolfie, apologies! I meant lulu blush

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