My local fox was back in my garden again today but I was upset to see she is not in good condition.
Her tail, or brush, is quite bald and she has sore patches on her behind.
I have been told this is not uncommon during the summer in vixens with cubs, although I am unsure whether the cubs cause the problem by chewing their mother's tails or whether the parents use their fur to help line their dens.
In the winter, however, this can't be the explanation and I am concerned for her health as the weather turns colder.
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