From the wise to the wacky, to
line to Little Foxes is of course very busy, often with fairly standard enquiries which we deal with every day. However, some
calls are strange, some are sad, and some are downright rude!
Here are some examples:
I have foxes in the garden and am quite happy to have them, but recently some of my plants have turned brown and I wonder
if it's the foxes....could you tell me please, do foxes cock their legs when they pee, as the damage would be at just
that sort of height?
(This was left
as a message, and the caller left no number and said they would call again later. Sadly, they didn't, because this was
one of our favourite queries this year. The lady caller was charming and very polite, and I would have liked to be able to
answer her - some male foxes do cock their legs, many do not, just squatting in the same way a vixen does. Some dog foxes
sometimes do and sometimes don't, according to how the mood takes them...but I am pretty sure the dead plants have not
died of fox-pee poisoning, as male urine in canids is less acidic than female urine, and so a leg-cocker would do no harm.
And if they did, you can be sure the Daily Mail would have had a full-page article on the subject, with a headline screaming
"TOXIC FOXES KILLING GARDEN PLANTS!!!")
Caller: (8.20am) Can we come to the sanctuary in a few days and
visit the little bird that our cat caught?
No I'm sorry, we cannot have visitors to the sanctuary as it is too frightening for the animals. The bird would not
appreciate your visiting him, he would just be scared of you.
Caller: You are very rude. Just because my cat caught the bird. If you love animals you should love
cats too, you are very rude indeed… (and lots more in this vein)
(This caller had rung late the previous night, refused to bring the
casualty to us, and was asked therefore to drop it to our vets for us to collect. In fact, we had spoken to this caller at
length the previous night, and given the best advice we could. The only reference to the cat was in the context of the bird
needing an antibiotic injection to counter the danger of infection from the cat bite. This call definitely falls into the
category of gratuitously rude and in fact upsetting.)
Caller: Oh hello, could you settle an argument please? If a badger and a ferret had a fight, which
LF: (A moment's
pause while the question sank in) Absolutely the badger would win. I hope you are not planning to experiment?
Caller: Oh, no, no, just a silly argument. Thank
you very much. 'Bye.
Caller: (2.15am) Hello? Is that Little Foxes? Right, I've got a wild
animal in my garden.
with images of a wild panther or something similar) Oh, right. Have you?
Caller: Yes, it's a ferret. Will you come and get it please?
LF: (now incredulous) A ferret? Have you got
I have, and it has bitten me. I want it taken away.
LF: It's 2 o'clock in the morning! We can take it tomorrow, but certainly not tonight. It's
safely contained, just give it some food and water if you can, and ring again in the morning, when we will happily take it
Caller: I've got
guinea pigs and I want it removed now.
(now annoyed and, ok, being a bit sarcastic) You've not put it in with the guinea pigs have you?
Caller: No of course not! Are you coming or
will take the ferret in the morning.
(This one was extremely
annoying at the time, but has provided much amusement since)
It would be really nice if people ringing the sanctuary would please remember that we are very, very
busy, and we only ask for a little politeness, a pen and paper at the ready so we don't have to sit and wait while one
is found, and recognition that we can only collect casualties if there genuinely is absolutely no way the rescuer can bring
them to the sanctuary.