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Why Baby Foxes Are The Wholesome Content We All Need During Lockdown

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Why Baby Foxes Are The Wholesome Content We All Need During Lockdown

Someone back me up here: is it just me or are there SO many foxes about at the moment?

Like botched haircuts, isolationfluencers and surplus banana bread, foxes appear to be yet another fallout of lockdown. And this is one we're not at all mad about.

We've been seeing the adorable creatures everywhere since isolation - from in the streets, where the primarily nocturnal animals are brazenly walking about in broad daylight, to in our back gardens, where people are spotting tiny little fox cubs playing happily among their flowers, like the epitome of spring.

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The proof is over on social media as self-isolators in their dozens have been posting their findings online. And honestly, it's the kind of content we're craving during quarantine.

Just look how cute these are...


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So what's the deal with all the foxes? (Not that we're complaining.)

Well according to animal charities, there hasn't necessarily been any kind of increase in foxes since we were all put on lockdown, rather we're just noticing them more because we're all spending more time in our gardens.

"The explanation for more photos on social media is likely to be because people are noticing nature close to home more than ever during lockdown," a spokesperson from Wildlife Trusts told Tyla.

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You mean to tell us baby foxes have been running about in our gardens every spring but we've just never seen them because we've been at work?! We feel cheated.


"It does certainly seem like we are caring for a lot of fox cubs at the moment," the RSPCA added, agreeing: "It could be that more people are spending time in their gardens and spotting the cubs."

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The RSPCA also reported an increase in orphaned cubs coming into their centres lately, which we can only assume to be down to - again - more of us being around to notice them as we WFH or enjoy furlough.

Look at this little guy sunbathing (Credit: Ciara Sheppard)
Look at this little guy sunbathing (Credit: Ciara Sheppard)

Don't worry though, the charity are taking good care of the cubs before they're eventually released back into the wild.

In the meantime, the wholesome fox content is proving the perfect antidote to our lockdown woes. Keep it coming, people.

Featured Image Credit: Jo Evendon/Instagram

Topics: Life, Real Life, Animals

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