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It a sad day -- papa fox is dieing

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It a sad day -- papa fox is dieing
Feb 6, 2011

The images that follow capture "papa" fox and his family over the last three years. They live in the forest behind our house and come into our yard to rest, to frolic with their young, and just to be foxes. When we met "papa" fox three years ago he had a broken ear, and was a fine father. In the images that follow you first see him in his prime sitting in the grass, then you see him with his family. One year later you see his "spouse" standing on the wall in our back yard, followed by an image of one of their young eating some bread as my grandson Max looks on in wonder.

That brings us to yesterday and today. Yesterday we say "papa' half-heartidly go down our drive way -- turning back with nothing to show for his effort. Today we looked out and he was sitting in the snow next to our deck -- he had just for the last time in his life marked one of the posts. He then began to slowly move around, stannding, sitting, and lying -- his lids covering his sparkeling eyes. We throw out bread, seed, and meat, and although he looked at them he ate nothing. He is now stretched out at the side of the house drawing his last breathes. Shirley and I, as well as our children and grandchildren have all come to know this guy and his family. We are just pleased that he has come once more into our yard. It is appropriate that someone who knows you sees you as you draw your last breath.

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