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Dead fox, Stone St

Observed: 10th December 2010 By: jorj
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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dead fox, Stone St
Description:

Clearly dead, not asleep

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) interacts

Comments

Blewit Boy's picture

Poor thing................

Poor thing. I'm very sad to see that.

chris

anonymous spotter's picture

The black spot

Is said to mark the location of the supracaudal gland. This is used for scent marking. I don't think it is a sexually dimorphic feature, but maybe younger animals take a while to develop it.
Shame for the poor beast: roadkill is a sad way to go.

jorj's picture

black spot

Thanks for the info (I'll look up words like supracaudal and dimorphic later!!) I agree about the roadkill sadness - but maybe it was quicker than dying from disease or worse still being hunted. That part of the road is a bit of a 'black spot', too, from wildlife's point of view - rabbits, squirrels, hodgehegs, another fox last year, and badger have all been slaughtered.
G

Jorj

anonymous spotter's picture

A sad thought -

that some thoroughly unpleasant types who go in for badger baiting and other despicable acts dispose of the animals in this manner, they are assumed to be road-kill.

jorj's picture

Oh. Oh. :((

Oh. Oh. :((

Jorj