Goodbye Fantastic Mrs Fox

I’m angry and upset to say the least.

About half an hour ago I left the house, on a sunny afternoon, to go out to take photos but came face to face with this.

Unfortunately I believe she was legally shot.


I’ve followed this fox family over the year. I watched them play, have cubs and in turn watched the cubs grow up. I watched them wind the badgers up and mouse in the field next door to my house, caught glimpses of them through the brambles and saw them visit our garden.

Now the vixen is gone.


I hope the rest of them manage to stay as far away as possible.

Here are some happier photos.



About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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29 Responses to Goodbye Fantastic Mrs Fox

  1. Helen White says:

    Feel so upset to see this too. I find this a tough time of year on behalf of the natural world…endless sound of gun shot at the weekends around the pheasants etc around where I live and I find myself worrying about badger sets that are too obvious etc even though they are “protected” here. I’m not a vindictive person but I do find myself fantasising about a levelling where such people are concerned.

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  2. Ed - Nature Photography says:

    This is always a worry, I always feel a bit funny when when I dont see the local foxes for a day or 2, knowing that it only takes one farmer to find them, then its all over.

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  3. So sorry to hear this Alex. Its a very cruel world sometimes. Hope the cubs survive, can you check on them?

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  4. Always terrible to see an unnecessary killing! You have managed to get some good shots of the foxes though as a memento!
    I also have a wildlife blog and if you’ve got some spare time I’d love to hear what you think.

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  5. Sally says:

    What a waste of a beautiful life! And for what??!! I really feel for you Alex. It must be heartbreaking that you knew the family so well and in a split second the vixen’s life was ended. I really hope the revolting man doesnt come back anymore. I hope youre ok Alex.x

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  6. Marzena Spiewak says:

    So sorry to hear this 😦 It’s so unnecessary dead – they don’t need to be killed, but of course superior human thinks otherwise.. when do we learn to live side by side with wildlife respecting other creatures…So, so sad 😦

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  7. Oh no Alex, not you as well as me. Your foxes have been cruelly taken away, just like my Fox guardian. Senseless,needless and Inhumane 🐺😞

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  8. Beth says:

    Your photos are beautiful. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful friend, I can imagine how gutted you feel. Sending healing vibes over to you. X

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  9. You can rest knowing you captured pretty much her full story, and she lives on in our minds and in your images.

    Good to have a shot across the bows to gives us a wake up call, although this is a particularly bad one.

    Keep taking picture Alex, of the good and bad that happens out in nature.

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  10. Billiejayne says:

    Bless you I feed a fox at my place of work and have done so for two years and I often wonder what will I do if one night he doesn’t come bless you you for caring

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  11. Lynne Larkman ex WildCRU Bampton says:

    Alex I agree with Louise. We like you have watched these beautiful gentle animals and hate to see pics like this, I admire you for being considerate and not showing the humans head/face in this. So sorry for your experience today.

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  12. It is indeed sad, Alex. BUT, if foxes need to be controlled (that’s a big IF) I’d rather a quick shot than a trap, snare, poison or terrifying death from a pack of dogs. I’m guessing some gamekeeper who takes affront at a natural predator eating some of his introduced alien birds (pheasants/red-leg partridges) or a chicken owner who isn’t fencing their flock securely is unhappy about the fox in the area. There have always been conflicts of interest in the managed countryside and probably always will be. So sad when an animal you love is on the loosing side of the battle though.

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  13. I was so upset to see this. I’m so sorry.

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  14. coralseas says:

    So sad to see this, Alex. One day, I think you will be a force to be reconded with in defending the creatures we share this planet with but treat as if they have no right to be here.

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  15. Fiona says:

    Very sorry to see this.

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