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#4504959 - 09/01/17 10:46 PM Heat in Southern California
OneEyeJack Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7485
Loc: S California
It's been hot here, in triple digits into the late night, the hottest days we've ever had in the recent past. In the back part of our property, I filed several old cattle/horse troughs with water and put out some salt licks. At one trough there were coyotes, deer, raccoons and a couple of foxes all taking turns and not going after each other.

Two of the foxes came up to me and one lead me off into a rocky, hilly area to another very young fox that was lying in a ditch. I picked him up and took the three of them back to the house and took care of the sick little fox. Some water and some liquefied food with a turkey baster helped. My vet neighbor stopped by and an IV helped to speed up the process along with an exam for all 3 and some vaccinations. After about 48 hours I turned them loose where I found them. Tonight when I checked the troughs the 3 foxes came right up to me and greeted me by jumping up and down and running around in circles while making a lot of noise and I got my face licked. The little guy looked like he made a complete recovery. I named the 2 adults Bonny and Clyde and the little guy, Buster.

Every once in a while you have a really good day that just took getting involved. This was one of those days.

#4504961 - 09/01/17 10:55 PM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 06/05/03
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Loc: Deplorable in apple valley, ca
Ya its been non stop hot and humid up here.
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#4504968 - 09/01/17 11:03 PM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 01/30/07
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Loc: Clovis, CA
OneEyeJack, that's a very nice story. I wish I could've been there to witness it. smile

#4504969 - 09/01/17 11:03 PM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
Inspecktor Offline

Registered: 03/16/14
Posts: 650
Loc: Twin Cities MN USA
That is awesome!
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#4504981 - 09/01/17 11:57 PM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
copcarguy Offline

Registered: 12/06/12
Posts: 352
Loc: PA
Nice story, thanks for the smile!

Got any pics of these guys? It would be cool to put a name with a face lol.

It was 46 degrees here last night here in northeast PA, I made my first fire in the fireplace. Wife and kids wanted to put the heat on! Seemed too early for that, thought a little fire would be cozier...

#4504982 - 09/02/17 12:01 AM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
Y_K Offline

Registered: 05/29/09
Posts: 2181
Loc: WA (USA)
Well written! (as always, Mr OneEyejack)

Thank you


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#4504985 - 09/02/17 12:09 AM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 08/31/14
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Loc: AL,NC,TX,Germany,Korea,Italy
Wonderful story. How much land do you have out there?
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#4504991 - 09/02/17 12:18 AM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
That's awesome, take some pictures if you can
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#4504997 - 09/02/17 12:41 AM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 03/28/16
Posts: 422
Loc: burlington ,ontario, canada
And the real story: you’re a midget, and in a heat induced delirium you donned a fox suit, tripped over the house cat and...well, you get the picture. ONLY KIDDING laugh.

Although rare here, I know 100F+ temperature/humidity just sucks the energy right out of you. Good to hear you had the presence of mind to consider the local fauna. I tip my hat!
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#4505015 - 09/02/17 02:22 AM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
OneEyeJack Offline

Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7485
Loc: S California
To answer some question. No cell phone service so I don't carry the phone/camera. Around here the neighbors and I carry long range walkie-talkies. We keep in close touch because of our proximity to the border and the problems with illegals. We're not politically correct because of security concerns. We chase them off with dogs and guns on horseback or in 4x4's. They'll steal anything they can carry. We put water bottles out for them but they claim they have rights and we should supply food and transportation to the local government offices where they can apply for benefits that they are due. Amount of land? A couple of acres around the house and 20 or so acres outside that.

By the way, it's midnight here and Buster (the little fox) is outside playing with some of my 6 dogs. He had his first taste of dry dog food and now he's running around in circles playing with Buddy our 85-pound black lab mix (also a rescue dog). I think Buddy is getting dizzy and I'm going to bed. Good night everyone.

#4505020 - 09/02/17 02:33 AM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 17911
Loc: PNW
When I was a kid my dad had a friend with a pet red fox. He found it when it was young and made it a pet. Just like a dog in many ways, but with some unique traits.

It would be cool if these foxes become long time buddies with you.

#4505033 - 09/02/17 03:35 AM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4620
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
I think Jack has some new friends that will keep good company for some time. Thanks for the story.
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#4505040 - 09/02/17 04:28 AM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 07/22/15
Posts: 3772
Loc: MD
If I ever get to the border I'm stopping in smile

#4505139 - 09/02/17 07:41 AM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
NYSteve Offline

Registered: 12/26/06
Posts: 457
Loc: Killadelphia
This was a great story to wake and read. Thanks for sharing!

#4505209 - 09/02/17 08:55 AM Re: Heat in Southern California [Re: OneEyeJack]
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Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15838
Loc: OH
A nice read. Thanks for posting it.
We have families of foxes on our lot some years and the kits are really cute.
The adults are usually very wary, but they can become quite tame once they become accustomed to your presence and figure out that you mean them no harm. The kits will come quite close to you and will give you the same type of open mouthed tongue lolling grin that you see on any domesticated dog.
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