Guard Duty

Guard Duty -

“Some summers, our ladies attract foxes like children to the Good Humor truck. One day my husband spotted a young red fox trotting across our neighbor’s yard in broad daylight, carrying one of our fat Black Australorps in its mouth. ‘Hey!’ my husband yelled out the window. ‘Drop that!’ The animal turned toward the noise, staring with golden eyes, and instantly, inexplicably complied. Then it trotted off, as casually as a person resuming an errand—leaving our hen frightened, minus some feathers but unhurt.” —From “Predators in the Barnyard,” Sy Montgomery’s Orion story about her (largely peaceful) interactions with the wildlife tempted by her free-range hens

6 years ago