The Mill Haven Cub

These images were taken back in June on my annual pilgrimage to Pembrokeshire looking for my favorite British species the elusive country red fox.This year was particularly  difficult due to the bad weather when i was there,but it did not deter me as my passion for this beautiful animal drove me on.With time running out and only the occasional dog fox spotted from a distance out of camera range i was beginning to lose hope.Then out of the blue a local farmer on the lower Broadmoor dairy farm informed me that he had seen fox cubs drinking from a cattle trough and to look there.After investigating the area i noticed fox scat and remains of a sea gull on this farm track between two fields.I then prepared a natural hide in which i was lying amongst  bracken 3.ft high, alongside this path with my camera nestled on my beanbag.This was not ideal as a photography point of view with the sun in my face and also on a slight gradient,but what the heck this is wildlife not a zoo.The sun was setting at 9.pm so i got down there at 6.pm poured myself a coffee and waited.It was around 7.45 when i first noticed the tops of those triangle ears and quietly punched the air in delight.As i had put down cocktail sausages and pizza scraps the cub could not resist,even though shy at first soon set about these tasty treats.This beautiful little fox knew i was there by the sound of my shutter but over those golden 15.mins knew i was no threat,and even sat with his back to me eating pizza.When he had eaten every last morsel he headed towards the gate out of my view.I then broke cover and was about to head back when i noticed this little cub sat there looking at me from the edge of this track.We stood looking at each other for a few seconds until he finally turned around and disappeared into the bracken.This was an overwhelming experience that brought tears to my eyes.I would like to say when you look at these images that there are people out there that take great pleasure to watch dogs rip them apart in what they call ” SPORT “.Even though this barbaric,senseless,inhumane and cruel event is currently banned there are people who are trying to reintroduce this vile act of fox hunting back into our countryside,even though 85% of the people are against it.I hope our government supports the majority of people in this country and that the 15% that agree with it take a long hard look at themselves,the people that call ripping an animal apart alive “SPORT”

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