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Re: Tennessee Gardener Article/Now Wildlife


Sounds as though the fox may have been a pet when it was little.
Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lynda Young" <lyoung@grindertaber.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 8:03 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Tennessee Gardener Article/Now Wildlife


> Bonnie, you'd enjoy our newest neighborhood clown.  We have a red fox in
> the area who thinks he's a dog.  He's not at all shy and doesn't
> hesitate to try to engage our dog when we're walking.  My Johnboy is a
> 150 lb. creature of undefinable heritage who's a real sweetheart and
> would never hurt another animal - the fox must sense that.  It will
> prance along with us at the woods edge 'barking' and darting around
> trying to instigate a game of chase.  We woke up the other morning to
> find him sitting outside our bedroom window watching for signs of life -
> like "Hey, y'all get up and let that big red dog come out to play".
> He's regularly waiting at the top of the drive at 5 am - he knows the
> walk schedule.
>
> Our neighbors have a small lab who was seen at real play with the fox
> recently - typical dog play - lunging, chasing in circles, mock
> growling.  They would play until they got hot, lie around panting a few
> minutes, then begin again.  No actual contact - but definitely sustained
> play.
>
> We were beginning to wonder if the fox was just lonely, but saw him a
> few days ago with his mate and five kits (is that the right term?)
> frolicking in a clearing across the road.
>
> Very interesting behavior from a really lovely little animal.
>
> Lynda
> Zone 7 - West TN
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Bonnie Holmes
> Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 1:11 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Tennessee Gardener Article
>
>
> Actually, I am very inclined to volunteer for the nature center.  I
> enjoy wildlife even if it is a nuisance sometimes.  Went to turn on the
> hose this afternoon and noticed a nice long black snake skin.  I think
> it is the one my husband saw a few days ago and the one that lives under
> the front porch. One of my friends saw two mating the other day...her
> husband and brother
> took pictures...said it looked like a two-headed snake.   My husband
> asked
> "how do you know they were mating?
>
> Grass is already on my "forget it" list.  My "grass" consists of clover,
> volunteer flowers, and whatever.   The Bermuda grass patch is slowly
> being
> reduced with roundup...absolutely hate the stuff.
>
> Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
>
>
>
>
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Donna <justme@prairieinet.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Date: 06/01/2004 6:47:39 PM
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] Tennessee Gardener Article
> >
> > Bonnie,
> >
> > Sounds like a wonderful area to live with all those gardens to
> > explore!
> >
> > You should volunteer at the nature center if possible. You learn many
> > other concepts of gardening there along with eco systems. Most of them
>
> > are really hard pressed for volunteers and would welcome you even if
> > you could only come once in awhile. Must warn you though, you will
> > leave with a different attitude about grass, seems you find yourself
> > ripping it out and planting something more suitable for wildlife.
> >
> > Donna
> >
> >
> > >
> > > In addition, we have Ijams Nature Center, a garden that was donated
> > > to
> > the
> > > city by an avid family of gardeners.  Somewhat different in mission
> > than
> > > the Trial Gardens and the proposed KBG, it focuses on native plants
> > and
> > > nature.  Throughout the year, family orientated programs on owls,
> > frogs,
> > > butterflies, etc. are conducted.  I took my young scouts there for
> > patch
> > > work.  It is one other place I am tempted to volunteer although it
> > > is about 1 hr. in driving distance from my home.
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