First off, I’m happy to report that Cindy Lou was found and captured on Friday afternoon as she was running down the Queensway! It’s a miracle she wasn’t killed. Two police officers were trying to catch her when someone from Genesis Dog Rescue came along and managed to snag her to safety. She did not escape unscathed, however. She had been hit by a car at some point during her ordeal and suffered a broken leg and road rash. She’s on painkillers and she’ll be having surgery on Monday but she’s going to be just fine. I love a happy ending.
I witnessed a goosebump-inducing spectacle the other morning on my way to work. It was about 7:00 as I was cutting through the Carleton University campus. I heard some extremely raucous crows screaming blue murder, so I turned around to see what was going on.
I saw about six or eight crows chasing a red fox towards me. He was running up the concrete path and they were flying low and screaming and dive-bombing him.
I thought briefly of trying to film it, but I knew by the time I got the camera ready, the chase would have moved out of view. And there’s nothing worse than not seeing something fascinating because you were trying, unsuccessfully, to capture it on film.
I don’t know what that fox had done to incur their wrath, or how long they’d been chasing him, or how far out of town they were planning to run him, but he was definitely looking like he’d rather be anywhere else. I love crows, but I did feel sorry for the poor fox. He looked tired. I watched as he loped along and deked behind the Architecture building, the crows harassing him relentlessly. I heard the chase continuing long after I could no longer see it.