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Wild of the Week: Red fox cardinal chasing

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

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