Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

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Re: Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

Post by admin » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:36 am

so, my big question is this a female? Does she have pups? Can we determine this from this photo, and the others posted?

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Re: Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

Post by admin » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:44 am

by the way, the best flight story with the fox.

I go out early one morning, about 7 am with my dog. She sees the fox over by the rose bushes in the yard. She takes off barking after the fox. Without even breaking a swet or getting stressed about it, the fox makes a complete circle around the rose bushes and my dog goes off barking in another direction while she / he slowly trots off the other direction a 180 degrees from the direction my dog was going full out in. Again, my dogs are not the best hunting dogs (one is even more than half foxhound, although this dog in the story is more of a lab mix).
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Re: Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

Post by Putenio » Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:14 am

It's a fox. We see them from time to time out here - but we're out of the way, so not a big surprise - still uncommon enough to take notice. Congratulations! No idea on whether it's female - but where there is one ...

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Re: and the little ones chewed on the bones-o...

Post by greg~judy » Sat Dec 28, 2013 11:01 am

Putenio wrote:Suggestion: Barbed wire 20cm below the ground and big rocks around the chicken coop :)
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we couldn't resist sharing this old fav.
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The fox went out on a chilly night,
he prayed to the Moon to give him light,
for he'd many a mile to go that night
before he reached the town-o, town-o, town-o,
he had many a mile to go that night
before he reached the town-o.

He ran till he came to a great big pen
where the ducks and the geese were put therein.
"A couple of you will grease my chin
before I leave this town-o, town-o, town-o,
a couple of you will grease my chin
before I leave this town-o."

He grabbed the grey goose by the neck,
throwed a duck across his back;
he didn't mind their quack, quack, quack,
and their legs all a-dangling down-o, down-o, down-o,
he didn't mind their quack, quack, quack,
and their legs all a-dangling down-o.

Old Mother Flipper-Flopper jumped out of bed;
out of the window she cocked her head,
Crying, "John, John! The grey goose is gone
and the fox is on the town-o, town-o, town-o!"
Crying, "John, John, the grey goose is gone
and the fox is on the town-o!"

Then John he went to the top of the hill,
blowed his horn both loud and shrill,
the fox he said, "I'd better flee with my kill
or they'll soon be on my trail-o, trail-o, trail-o."
The fox he said, "I'd better flee with my kill
or they'll soon be on my trail-o."

He ran till he came to his cozy den;
there were the little ones eight, nine, ten.
They said, "Daddy, better go back again,
'cause it must be a mighty fine town-o, town-o, town-o!"
They said, "Daddy, better go back again,
'cause it must be a mighty fine town-o."

Then the fox and his wife without any strife
cut up the goose with a fork and knife.
They never had such a supper in their life
and the little ones chewed on the bones-o, bones-o, bones-o,
they never had such a supper in their life
and the little ones chewed on the bones-o.


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Re: Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

Post by ABIII » Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:23 pm

nice song,
I was expecting the fox to get it from the farmer...

my wager (one cold beer from our region)
is 15 lbs for the fox
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Re: Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

Post by jehturner » Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:49 am

Nice. Yes, this is very similar to the foxes that we see around our summit dormitories in the foothills of the Cordillera in the IV Region (those are relatively tame and will get within a few feet of you as I think the cooks feed them scraps).

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Re: Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

Post by ryanar » Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:13 am

Surprisingly similar to the foxes in the north (at Laguna Santa Rosa, on the edge of Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces), right down to the tail markings!
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This one wasn't interested in anything other than scamming a bite to eat!

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fox (zorro) update in Southern Chile

Post by admin » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:49 pm

hey, I got an update on this fox. Ran in to him / her (think it is a her) this morning, at almost exactly the same location (like 20 meters mas or menos) I took the original photos on this thread.

They are not as good as the first ones, but are cool because it was hanging out with the horses in the neighbouring property. I thought for sure the horses would run him off, but they came trotting over and they just sat there together. I have seen the tail a few times this year in the same location, and scat inside my own property, so I knew he was around.

This one was cool because he was prancing along the road this morning. I started taking photos from the car, with two barking dogs, and he just calmly trotted along. He went in to the field where the horses are, and just sat there. I parked the car, got out, and started shooting. Then the horses wondered over in to frame. He was still sitting there with the horses when I decided I needed to get on with my day. My part fox hound in the car, was just ready to explode.

Think at this point I think I need a name. Any suggestions?
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fox zorro
this about the best I got. Everything is so brown and dry right now, he is almost invisible. Even with the naked eye, really close, if I lost site of him for second it was hard to find him again.
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Re: Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

Post by admin » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:56 pm

this is about the best I got, cropped down.
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a bit closer
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Re: Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

Post by admin » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:06 pm

I am pretty sure it was the same fox, or one of the couple that live here, that were with the rabbits. I was having coffee one morning, there were like 5 rabbits in the front yard, and out trotted the fox. Still kick myself for not getting the camera for that one, but I have a policy of not missing a special once (or twice) in a lifetime moment just to take a stupid photo. If the opportunity arises, there is time, and the camera is within reach, the stars are aligned just right, then I will risk the moment to take a photo. Having a good camera on my cell phone has made all of the above more compatible.

I suspect what has happened is the community we live in, has gone through a lot of construction, with a lot more people moving in over the last few years. The house we rent on one end, I use to see the fox all the time (like nearly every day). Now there has been like 5 houses built in the last couple years on that end of the community. The other end of the community where i am building my house, there is a lot less people (strangely lots of big dogs), so the fox moved.

What I am keeping my eye out for is pups. I have not seen any pups, and I suspect there is a den somewhere around there, just because of the consistent way I see them in the exact same area all year. Where I am taking these photos, I suspect there is a den within half a km or less (100 meters would be my guess). Perhaps I will go do a search and see what I can find.
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Re: Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

Post by marti » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:11 pm

fox is gone
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Re: Caught a fox (zorro) in Southern Chile

Post by marti » Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:12 pm

fox is gone
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