Foxes of Ireland – Co Mayo

These two beautiful 1-year-old foxes were rescued in Co Galway and successfully released back to the wild in Co Mayo.

Prior to their release they were temporarily housed in a shed but in a joint-effort, the two foxes pawed at the clay under the shed door and managed to escape. They returned again soon afterwards before eventually departing for good back to the wild. Incidentally, the cat which appears in some of the photos is said to have chased the foxes when they got in her way!
Thanks to Noreen Sweeney for the photos.

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Foxes of Ireland – Co Kilkenny

Photos by the late Tommy O’Neill who was a wildlife enthusiast and a freelance photographer in County Kilkenny.

This agile fox was a regular visitor to Tommy’s garden and was always at ease in his presence. “Tommy could sit on the wall and the fox would just wander around doing whatever he wanted to,” recalls friend Willie. Many thanks to Willie and to Tommy’s family for submitting these delightful photos.

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Foxes of Ireland – Co Kildare

Foxes at play in a County Kildare garden.
Thanks to Dee for the photos

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Foxes of Ireland – Co Galway

“I was on my way home after being out on Saturday, September 2nd, 2000 when, not so far from Moyode Wood I spotted all the foxes just beyond a stone wall. I made my way forward and I took the photos through a hole in the wall. It was a stroke of luck that I spotted so many foxes together. It seems that it was a family of foxes around the rocks. It’s hard to say what was going on but it looks like only one fox at a time was allowed up on the rocks.

“The large dog fox is seen walking away from the rocks although he was looking back to keep an eye on what exactly was going on. It would appear that the fox on the ground is trying to convince the one on the rocks to let him up beside him. The fox on the rocks isn’t interested in moving aside though.”
Thanks to Thomas Hardiman for the photos

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Foxes of Ireland – Co Dublin

Thanks to Dave Wall of University College Dublin’s Department of Zoology provided for these three photos of urban foxes in the capital. One shot shows two cubs feeding in the patio of a house in DĂșn Laoghaire while in another we see a fox licking its lips after eating a meal left out for it in Donnybrook.

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Foxes of Ireland – Co Cork

“These are pictures of Freddie who came onto my lawn in daylight as a tiny fox and sat amongst the birds while they were eating. He came for his evening meal every night throughout the winter months. He then started bringing a young companion with him – Timid (see picture 4). I no longer see them but the food I put out late at night is always eaten and hopefully Freddie and his friend are still being fed. He was shabby and starving when I first saw him.”
Elizabeth Dowell, Cork

“This is a picture of Freddie’s friend, Timid. As befitting her name, she was always fearful of coming out of the undergrowth until I was out of sight. She would then dash out, grab a bit of food and go straight back to her hiding place.

“Sadly, I no longer see either of the foxes but the food I put out still disappears – they probably come in the early hours of the morning. I can only hope that they survive to their normal lifespan without becoming the victims of man’s brutality.”
Elizabeth Dowell, Cork

“This is Mrs Fox! She’s one of three foxes which have been coming for food for about three weeks. She’s getting quite used to the family, staying about three feet away from them. Her coat is starting to improve.”
Elizabeth Dowell, Cork

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Foxes of Ireland – Clare

“My fox’s den is just a short walk down the field. The female fox is quite trusting of me and I can walk out and put food in her dish. These offerings include bread, potatoes, porridge and bags of cooked meat scraps and the odd chicken. I watched her one evening encouraging her cub to come into my lawn. She was introducing him to the McInerney Restaurant for Foxes! It was like winning the lotto when he finally came and I had a good chunk of meat for him. My seven cats love the foxes and all will eat only yards from each other.”
Thanks to Philomena McInerney for the photo

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