I haven’t updated you lately on the regular visitors to my garden, so if you have been wondering about them here’s an update with latest videos.
Apple (sorry, I can’t just call her “badger”) has been visiting regularly, as you’ve probably noticed from my “diary notes” over previous days. She always seems to visit when it’s been dry for at least a couple of days, so I’m wondering if she is looking for food further from the sett on those nights.
She made an appearance in front of the camera twice early this morning, once at 2.25am and again at 3.24am. She doesn’t hang around for long, but has a good snuffle and a drink (as you will see in the video below). About a minute into the video she looks like she’s trying to juggle with something!
Video of Apple
Both the male “dog” fox and the female “vixen” are visiting every night. The male is very handsome, with a big bushy tail and thick soft coat.
Video of the dog fox
The female is another matter. She looks like she’s been dragged through a hedge backwards. She came looking for food very early yesterday evening (7.30pm) and I managed to catch a short bit of footgage of her in daylight. As you can see her coat is not at it’s best, and her tail looks like it’s taken a bit of a battering (maybe mange or fleas?).
Video of the vixen
At one point in the footage you can actually see her teets hanging down. Poor thing, she’s probably sick to death of looking after the cubs. I remember last year she used to curl up on the lawn in the middle of the day and fall asleep, just to get some peace and quiet for a couple of hours.
Hopefully now that she has ventured out of the den (or “earth”) and is feeding herself, she will put some weight back on. We should also see the cubs in a few weeks time. It will be interesting to see how many she had and how many survive until Christmas.