Distractions from being a writer …

… are numerous. Few though, are as enticing as this vixen and her four cubs. They live on an allotment site near us and are remarkably unfazed about visitors, although they have a definite flight distance and are only around in the early evening, which can make getting good photos rather difficult, as the light is just that bit too low to work with – the vulpine equivalent of Marlene Deitrich/Greta Garbo?

Anyway, foxes are not wolves, but vulpine behaviour in urban settings is fascinating and watching how the vixen adapts to her environment with the four undisciplined cubs to supervise is an interesting sidelight on how the alpha female wolf in my novel might manage to cope with her own cubs as they begin to explore their less urban, but still man-made, home.

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