Missing Brush

A long while since I’ve blogged, but I’ve been continuing to monitor the foxes. Recently I’d noticed one particular fox on the nightcam who seemed to be holding her brush awkwardly. For a while I thought it was being held up and curved away from the camera, in something of a defensive pose. As these few photos show (taken a couple of nights ago), the posture is physical, not behavioural. At some point, this beautiful little fox has lost half her brush. I suspect it was caused by an injury (though how or when I don’t know), but other than that she looks fantastically healthy.

fox with partially missing brush

Stumpy showing the loss of her brush

She has tended to stay at the rear of the garden, but does socialize with Wolfy (though Wolfy is steadfastly dominant). Here’s a couple more shots of her.

fox with partially missing brush

fox with partially missing brush

More soon… hopefully!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Darko September 10, 2019 at 1:43 am #

    It gives a completely new image to the fox when a tail is missing. But, yes, it looks healthy.

    I was wondering where you were and thought several times of sending you an e-mail to check if everything is ok. In mean time, I got myself a new camera (finally!!!), Canon 80D. I am still getting used to it but everything looks promising 🙂

    • Words September 12, 2019 at 10:56 am #

      Hi, yes I’ve just been distracted by life so haven’t posted nearly as much as I intended, but it’s all good here. I do post more frequently on Twitter (@permuted) as that’s so quick! Enjoy your new Canon. They just get better and better!