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Wild of the Week: Red fox cardinal chasing

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For a change, I went with a Wild of the Week on Sunday.

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In part because red foxes are my favorite local mammals, and because Barb Spigner sent an interesting tale in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 2011.

Spigner, the wife/mother anchoring the famous bowling family in the far northwest suburbs, e-mailed,

``[Husband] Bill was looking out the window and saw this red fox underneath our birdfeeders. The fox leaped up at the feeder I guess to try and get to the cardinal that was feeding. Didn't get the cardinal and then must have heard or seen us in the house and ran away--took all of 20 seconds. Just a coincidence that we saw it--and really lucky--it was a really beautiful red fox--bushy tail and well fed (must be hitting up all the birdfeeders in the area!''

I don't know what it is, but I just love red foxes. Some of it is how rarely I see them. But I also love the appearance of them from the reddish coloration to the big bushy tail to the low sleek body.

Normally on the Sunday outdoors page of the Sun-Times, I run Buck of the Week: Unplugged, a celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors.

But I liked this fox enough to do a WOTW, I guess a celebration of wildlife around Chicago outdoors.

If you have WOTW or BOTW: Unplugged nominations, e-mail them to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

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