Saturday, March 01, 2008

The Quick Red Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Brown Dog

Back on January 10, 2008, the Bus wrote about a red fox that was frequenting the 'hood.

We haven't seen much of the fox lately and Dirt Sister sent me this comment: I think I saw that skinny little fox splattered on Linwood.

This morning, as my own private nurse was leaving her evening position and heading from that big brick building in South Springfield that is full of sick people, she told me she saw the quick red fox crossing the street at Portland and Grant last night as she was coming home. At first, she said, she thought it was a sick dog. But then she realized it was the fox, just trotting across the street like it expected the cars to stop for it. They did.

I am glad it didn't get splattered on Linwood. The quick red fox jumps over the lazy brown dog.


Jason said...

For some reason, when I saw your post it brought back memories of that scene in "Stripes" when Murray's platoon performs in front of the general.

Anonymous said...

Good deal!

Anonymous said...

I heard that fox wears a listening device that is wired via Bluetooth to a secret City Council website. Have you ever seen a picture of the fox and Gary Deaver together?

Anonymous said...

I saw the fox at Kimbrough and Bennett about 8:00 am on Friday, running across the road. He must get around...Lil Jim

Anonymous said...

It's pretty clear that the foxes use Fassnight Creek, alias Elfindale Creek, as their main thoroughfare .... that crick crosses under Fort Street only 2 blocks from your house, Jim. Our old St. Agnes pal Tom Quinn says one of the foxes used to live in his mother's yard near the corner of Catalpa and Fremont. The foxes are seen a lot around Bennett west of Glenstone ... the creek runs a little south of Bennett in the open by Delaware School once it crosses Delaware, then gets closed under a culvert at Fremont Street and stays closed until it clears National by Mexican Villa and then is covered by a colvert again once it clears Phelps Grove Park by Trinity Lutheran Church. When John Polk Campbell first came to Springfield, there was a settlement of Delaware Indians who used to live where the creek is open along the southside of Phelps Grove by Brookside. Right near the same spot, John T. Phelps's wife hid the body of Gen. Nathaniel Lyons after the Battle of Wilson's Creek, so Confederate Soldiers wouldn't mess with it. Well, something like that, anyway.

Busplunge said...

The foxes seem to have no fear of humans or else the desire for cat food supersedes that fear. Hunger can be a powerful motivator.

Speaking of Wilson's Creek, the Battle of Springfield was fought just up the street, starting at Grant and Grand and ending up around Grant and State. The old trace of the ditch can be seen by that old gas station canopy across the street from Casey's.