merican woman named Emma was working in her home office when suddenly she saw a red tail flickering by the entrance. It was an unexpected guest – a young fox that had run in looking for food. Little did she know that this was just the beginning of the story.
“Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something orange and moving right by my leg — at the same time, she saw me and raced out the door,” Thompson told The Dodo.
Since then, the fox continued to come into the woman’s yard more and more often. She even gave her a nickname, Foxy. Later, Emma learned a story about Foxy that touched her deeply. It turns out that she was born in a neighbor’s yard, but the neighbor destroyed the fox hole. To make matters worse, the foxy was left without her mother. Foxy decided to look for a safe place and wandered over to a woman.
Foxy quickly got used to Emma’s house, and to herself. When she got there, she made herself at home lying on her couch on the lawn, sometimes running into the house through the cat’s door, or stealing something. At some point, she started bringing her little sister along sometimes.
“I didn’t mind her coming in when I knew where she was — but kind of didn’t want her running around the flat at night and stealing my things,” Thompson said. “So I replaced it. She wasn’t happy — now no matter how hard she tries, the flap won’t open. I’ve never petted them, but Foxy has sniffed me many a time and curled her tail around my legs once, I thought it was one of the cats … I need to stress that I know they need to stay wary of humans. They do run if I move too quickly or raise my voice.”
When Emma realized that the foxes were getting too used to her house, she decided to close the cat door but continued to let them into the yard.
But later, Foxy got used to the fact that she was no longer allowed inside. In all this time she got very used to Emma, and she grew to love her. Foxy even came close to her, not at all afraid, although usually, foxes stay far away from people. There was a special bond between them.
Now Foxy and her sister are about four months old. They were left without their mother but found a safe place near the caring Emma. She doesn’t stop communicating with them and is happy to see them in her yard every time.
“COVID has meant I’m working from home,” Thompson said. “Taking photos and videos of them in my garden is my happy place.”