Photogenic Pudding
September 22, 2014 4:01 PM   Subscribe

 
Hey, how about an NFWS warning, next time, huh?

awww, she's so cute....
posted by Naberius at 4:03 PM on September 22, 2014 [29 favorites]


…I see what you did there
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:07 PM on September 22, 2014


Are there non-photogenic foxes?
posted by Sys Rq at 4:09 PM on September 22, 2014 [5 favorites]


Yes: the poor mangy fox who visits my yard occasionally.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:19 PM on September 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


LIES!!!
posted by Sys Rq at 4:21 PM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Foxes are cute and it's a shame that the domesticated foxes haven't been more of a factor as pets.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:23 PM on September 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Where do I sign up to hug this fox
posted by poffin boffin at 4:25 PM on September 22, 2014 [21 favorites]


Are there non-photogenic foxes?

Sean Hannity.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:32 PM on September 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Although we wish Pudding could have rejoined her wild counterparts in the forests of Yorkshire,

Has the person who wrote this ever been to Yorkshire? It is not, as a whole, a place known for its forests.
posted by Thing at 4:33 PM on September 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Plenty of backstreets with bins to rifle through though.
posted by sobarel at 4:36 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


The problem with domesticated foxes is that, if they are not kept constantly stimulated, they turn to math, and... yes, yes, Pudding is in the proofs again.

(OK, technically maths, because she is a UK fox, but, still...)
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:43 PM on September 22, 2014 [56 favorites]


Oh, those eyes.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:45 PM on September 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Plenty of backstreets with bins to rifle through though.

Maybe David Attenborough can next explore the flora and fauna of tenfoots.
posted by Thing at 5:01 PM on September 22, 2014


I'm kind of puzzled about the whole unable-to-integrate bit of the story, though. A) even if the pen door was blocked, it seems like it would have been fairly simple to bring in a couple of step ladders so as to enter the pen over the fence, and B) it took *3 months* to clear up the tree? I am reasonably certain that one or two guys with chain saws could cut a path way through any tree in something closer to 3 hours. Presumably all they have to do is get to the gate, they don't have to have all 200 feet cleaned up. Is there some kind of UK law where you have to get a bunch of permits to clear a fallen tree or something?
posted by tavella at 5:06 PM on September 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


The problem was that the other young cubs were so traumatized that they refused to consume any solid foods, and they had to subsist on a mixture of formula that was piped into the enclosure. It was fine, they got all the necessary nutrients, but if you don't eat your meat...
posted by Wolfdog at 5:12 PM on September 22, 2014 [38 favorites]


How can you?
posted by tommasz at 5:16 PM on September 22, 2014


Is there some kind of UK law where you have to get a bunch of permits to clear a fallen tree or something?

being the UK they would have had to import a lumberjack from N. America and wait for the visa paperwork to clear.
posted by mannequito at 5:18 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


being the UK they would have had to import a lumberjack from N. America and wait for the visa paperwork to clear.

Ha! If only Canadian tree-clearing people were so efficient. We've still got lots of wood lying around in my neighbourhood from that ice storm last December.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:22 PM on September 22, 2014


but if you don't eat your meat...
posted by Wolfdog at 8:12 PM


Semi-eponysterical?


Also: Rommel, you magnificent son-of-a-bitch; I read your post!

(too obscure?)
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:28 PM on September 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


This site lead to this photographic expose showing a cat giving advice to Kim Jong Un and another teaching Vladimir Putin cat-fu.

suddenly current events make sense

"Soon, Kim. Soon."
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 5:37 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm with tavella - the whole 'couldn't get into the pen to add her to the baby fox group' sounds like my 'someone left this adorable kitten in our mailbox and now we have to keep her' routine when I was eight.
posted by winna at 6:48 PM on September 22, 2014 [10 favorites]


Yes, I am sure the National Fox Welfare Society has no idea what they're doing and kept the fox in captivity for their own selfish d'aww reasons.
posted by sweetkid at 7:46 PM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


I'm kind of puzzled about the whole unable-to-integrate bit of the story, though.

Here's the thing. In animal welfare, everything is an emergency. The feed bills are urgent. The vet bills are urgent, and can go on for months for a single animal. The petrol, car tax, NCT and insurance cannot wait. If you are lucky, you have a staff bill or two to pay every two weeks as well. You are dealing with hundreds of thousands of outgoings annually, and there are never enough incomings. I would never have believed or understood it before I started working in animal welfare, but I can easily see how it could be three months before there was money for something that wouldn't actually freeze operations if it wasn't dealt with, like tree removal.
posted by DarlingBri at 8:04 PM on September 22, 2014 [7 favorites]


Well, he was never going to be able to be released back into the wild with a name like Pudding.
posted by Mittenz at 9:41 PM on September 22, 2014 [9 favorites]


A few months back, I was sitting at my dining table and saw my cat out of the corner of my eye, waiting by the glass sliding door from the yard, wanting to be let in. So I went over and opened the door and looked down: right into the eyes of a widdle bitty foxie, who looked about as surprised as I was. We stared at each other for a bit, and then he backed off slowly and went around the corner, somehow disappearing in the amount of time it took me to grab my camera.

I'm just glad I looked more carefully before reaching down to stroke the "cat".
posted by lollusc at 9:46 PM on September 22, 2014 [9 favorites]


Oh, this must be the star of that hair combing gif that's been floating around.
posted by dgaicun at 9:54 PM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


I always worry a little when I see really friendly foxes in photos. Humans aren't very good for wild creatures and training them not to be wary of us is a losing proposition. I'm going to tell myself that cases like Pudding are where all the cute pictures on tumblr come from.
posted by immlass at 10:15 PM on September 22, 2014


Don't click on the tin can link in the first paragraph if you don't want more fox silliness.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:26 PM on September 22, 2014


Don't they have a queen over there who can unleash her corgis hounds upon this vermin?

Pudding rules!!! He/she is welcome at my place any time.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 1:35 AM on September 23, 2014


MartinWisse: "Don't click on the tin can link in the first paragraph if you don't want more fox silliness."

Oh no, not Wildlife Aid again. Someone linked me to the cygnet rescue video yesterday and it took me hours to pull myself out of the rabbit hole (sorry) of adorable British animals being rescued and nursed back to health by humans chiding them in soothing voices I can't


(nb. read the descriptions carefully; most videos are are of the mindbogglingly cute/uplifting sort, but given the subject matter some have blood and some have unhappy endings -- they're always warned for)
posted by bettafish at 5:47 AM on September 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


Are there non-photogenic foxes?

The edges of cities and towns in the UK are generally filled with foxes and they are rarely in a very pretty state. Typically you'd be looking at something like this.

Is there some kind of UK law where you have to get a bunch of permits to clear a fallen tree or something?

There are plenty of tree surgeons here and no laws about that sort of thing (there are occasionally TPOs if it was still standing, and you might need a chainsaw certification for insurance's sake, but that's all), so presumably they just couldn't afford it immediately.

What? Er - oh, I mean - D'AWWW.
posted by forgetful snow at 9:14 AM on September 23, 2014


it took me hours to pull myself out of the rabbit hole (sorry) of adorable British animals being rescued and nursed back to health by humans chiding them in soothing voices I can't

Years ago I read a story about a British firefighting team that answered a suburban distress call of some sort of minor fire, put the firs out and then came across a hedgehog that had been overcome by the smoke. They put an oxygen mask over the little animal until it revived.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:51 AM on September 23, 2014 [4 favorites]


GenjiandProust: "Years ago I read a story about a British firefighting team that answered a suburban distress call of some sort of minor fire, put the firs out and then came across a hedgehog that had been overcome by the smoke. They put an oxygen mask over the little animal until it revived."

*high-pitched squeaky noise*
posted by bettafish at 11:11 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


I need to hug this fox. Right now. And I need to pet its fuzzy-wuzzy widdle ears and boops its nose.
posted by sarcasticah at 2:53 PM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


MartinWisse, that tin can video is a delight. Yay, kind people helping silly foxes!
posted by misha at 4:11 PM on September 23, 2014


Arctic Fox Encounter
posted by homunculus at 11:53 AM on October 16, 2014


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