How did this fox get to a second-story windowsill for a nap?

August 14, 2015 • 2:45 pm

What??? A fox napping on a windowsill in Notting Hill?




I couldn’t figure out how this Honorary Cat™ got up there, but Bored Panda suggests an answer:

This sleeping fox was spotted by London resident, author, and editor Rachel Johnson. While it’s difficult to come across a sleeping fox anywhere, it’s particularly unusual to find one napping on the second story window ledge in Notting Hill! The sighting took place on Thursday; as to how the fox got down, it remains a mystery.

“It must have got up via the scaffolding on the house next door,” Johnson told the Standard. “People were coming out of their houses with telephoto cameras – but luckily no-one decided to shoot it! It was rather a sitting duck there on the ledge. There are lots of them in the neighbourhood, always in the gardens – they seem to own the place. But when I saw this one it was hard to feel the same sense of rage.”

h/t: Su

40 thoughts on “How did this fox get to a second-story windowsill for a nap?

  1. Foxes are everywhere in London and have been for a number of years. It is extraordinary. I’ve come across foxes you have to walk round to pass. They have no predators and many people feed them as (feral) pets.

    1. Eventually they will adopt Forever Homes with Complementary Staff.

      Now I wonder, if foxes are so smart, how is it that cats did it before them?

      1. I thought some Russians managed to make a domesticated breed. You’d still need proper vaccinations and for them to be legal to be kept.

    1. I like how the fox takes his human out for a walk. It’s in the video. Foxes are such beautiful animals, I’d have one in a heartbeat, if I could get away with it.

        1. No, I was just happy I knew the latin name of this particular animal by heart. I only made a mistake with a capital letter, but I can live with that. 😛

          1. And you did better than if you were writing in Latin because inLatin, you only capitalize proper nouns.

  2. There seem to be some foxes nearby here in Pittsbugh, but if we had more there’d surely be less damn groundhogs, and that would be a good thing.

  3. Like any self-respecting cat, honorary or not, the fox got there in the easiest possible way. I’d suspect the route was (1) enter the house – probably from the garden ; (2) find the lift (if the Staff have installed it yet, lazy hoomins), otherwise walk up the stairs. Raid any food you find on the way. Get to the first floor (this being London, British rules). Climb out of the window for a nap.
    How did Puss-n-brush close the window? Actually, if you look at the sash on the window behind Vulpes, it’s open by a couple of inches. That may be enough for it to be relaxed about getting back in. and the window one ledge over looks fully open.

  4. I mild winter means we have a lot of foxes this year, I live near central Dublin and I’ve never seen so many leggy cubs running about the place. I leave my home early most mornings to take my dog hiking and see them out cavorting and playing and snooping in gardens. Cute, but they have killed two neighbourhood cats.

  5. While grey foxes are known to have tree-climbing prowess, it is my understanding that red ones aren’t tree-climbers.

  6. I was reading at the weekend about the i’invasion’ of New York by coyotes & skunks… & how d*gs are the chief victims of the skunks!

    Hee hee!

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