There are some chances that these days you might be in a bad mood, but the story below is sure to make you smile. Whenever we think about cute animals, the very first ones that come in our mind are dogs, kittens or some fluffy rabbits. But what about a fox? We never did think of that. Which is not okay, because it seems they actually have a very underappreciated sweetness to them.
Sara Ryan’s parents noticed a fox napping on a tree stump in front of their house. The couple has been social-distancing during this time and don’t have pets, so it seems like this really made their day. Sara’s dad was the first to spot the critter resting on the remains of a dead tree the city had removed last year, and he’s been sending his daughter updates ever since. And Sara decided to share the beautiful pictures with the rest of us and uploaded them to Twitter. These shots went viral, and they already have over 487K likes and 85K retweets.
Sara said: “My parents had seen her in the yard several times this winter. In fact, she found one of my sister’s dog’s toys in the yard and was moving it around in the snow a few nights. The tree got cut down in late October, but they never saw her up there until the day I posted the picture. They were really surprised to see her in the daylight, let alone sleeping on top of the stump.”
Sara added: “Foxes are nocturnal. She leaves at night to hunt. My parents did see her running down the main street by their house, but since everyone is indoors, for the most part, she wasn’t in any danger from cars. Otherwise, she hangs out on the stump when it’s sunny – sometimes she’s there and sometimes she’s not!”
Nowadays fox are mostly sleeping. Usually, Sara’s parents try to stay out of the fox’s way, but they still run into each other! “Once, when my dad was bringing in groceries, she popped her head up from her nap and then went about napping. I think she’s relatively familiar with them now and isn’t scared by them being her neighbors!”
She knows how well foxes can climb trees and said there’s a garage nearby that the fox might get onto the stump from, but according to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, a non-profit that protects wildlife by permanently preserving and connecting habitat, she might not even need it.
Also, Sara said: “I think that she likes the spot because it’s sunny and protected. She really only can be seen from my parent’s backyard, because she’s protected by the garage in the other yard. It’s a safe place to take a nap after a hunt!”
Here’s how some people reacted: