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night prowler Gardai capture foxy fugitive on camera in Co Wicklow


A Facebook post by Wicklow Gardai with a picture of this lovely little creature of the night has generated dozens of replies from fox fans. 

The Gardai posted on their Facebook page: “Just released from custody. Acting in a suspicious manner in Wicklow Town, but he couldn't outfox Wicklow Gardaí.”

The post prompted a series of messages from social media users who also tried to outfox each other with clever puns.

One wrote: “He had a brush with the law, now he's on the run. I bet that won’t be the end of the tale.”

Another added: “For fox sake! He left his guard down - great picture.”

“The original Johnny Fox,” added another. “From the same named establishment.”

Another suggested: “That's some advertising for the brass fox, or should it be brazen?”

But should the winner be: “Obviously a Dub, outside the 5k limit..Foxrock perhaps.”

However, others expressed concern for the Gardai’s furry friend.

“I hope he is being fed,” one person hoped. “Beautiful little dote, hope he's ok,” another concerned animal lover said.

“Ahh Did ya feed him? Them Wickla Lads are Sharp,” another person asked.

One person pointed out that with less human activity our furry friends are taking advantage.

“Soo cute, so much more wild life coming further into town since lock down, it’s easy to see humanity ruin this earth sometimes,” they posted.

In May, the extraordinary footage of a fox making his way down a deserted Grafton Street during lockdown caught the imagination of the public.

He was filmed strolling in the early afternoon in a thoroughfare that would normally be thronged with shoppers.

Photographer Paul Lanigan later got a snap of a fox when he ventured into Dublin city centre with the intention of taking photographs of empty streets during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He captured an image of a fox that had ambled down Fleet Street in Temple Bar with its breakfast in its mouth – a dead pigeon.

It was taken at 9am when the street would normally be full of delivery trucks and tourists on an early morning stroll.

“I never thought I would see a fox in daylight, especially at 9am. It didn’t seem possible,” Mr Lanigan said at the time.

It turned out to be the same fox that was filmed on Grafton Street and it has a name, Sam, according to Trinity College Dublin zoologist Collie Ennis.

It was given the name Sam as nobody who has observed the fox can tell at this stage if it is a dog (male) or a vixen (female).

It is about 11 months old, Mr Ennis suggested, and has a mangey tail. Mr Ennis said Sam’s parents inhabit a territory around Merrion Square.

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