Raspberry Thief!

We leave the rear of our garden overgrown. The insects love it, as do the slow worms and butterflies. The foxes tend to use it as a pathway from neighbouring gardens. Among the various native plants that have taken over that corner are a number of raspberry bushes. We leave the fruit on them for the birds, but it appears that they are not the only species that enjoys a little fruit snack. This is 'Red'.

He was rooting around in there for several minutes, and emerged looking pleased with himself.

Earlier he and Pretty had been enjoying the sunshine and rooting for chafer bugs (a staple of their diet at this time of the year). Here are the two of them showing off their playful side.

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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  1. derWandersmann July 11, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    Well, I had no idea they were that omnivourous!

  2. chthoniid July 11, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    It's a great idea to leave part of the garden run wild. I have to say though, foxes eating raspberries is completely new to me!

  3. Words July 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    dW, they eat just about anything. Research by Bristol University found that fruit can amount to about 10% of a cub's diet.

  4. Words July 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    Chthoniid, it's also the easier route to running a garden! Cubs will eat soft fruits during the summer. The quantity tends to fall if other food is available, and as they get better at catching prey.

  5. gdare July 12, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    I knew their diet consists of a lot of things but never heard of foxes eating raspberries :left:

  6. Words July 20, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Darko, that's why they are so successful. They can eat just about anything. :chef: