Jennifer Rutter always enjoys watching the wildlife through the windows of her London house. But since February, she’s had a very special visitor.
A bold little fox visits her garden daily and loves to sun herself on Rutter’s window ledge.
“I see that fox nearly every day, and she’s a favorite on our street,” Rutter told The Dodo. “The kids watch out for her from their bedroom windows.”
Rutter isn’t bothered by living next to a wild fox, especially because the vixen is so well-behaved. Rutter described her as “very nice and sensitive.” “Apart from the garbage she leaves in my garden, [she steps] off the pavement to allow others to pass, and she’s really welcome!”
The fox even brings Rutter gifts, leaving the trinkets on her doorstep. “It’s brought me so many ‘presents,’” Rutter said. “I’ve had a bag of moldy limes, lots of chicken drumsticks, a single sausage, a small toy car — bread seems to be a favorite.”
Until last week, when Rutter’s cat, Dodo, chose to make a new buddy, no one had personally met with the wild fox.
Dodo was in the home office with her mother when the fox came at the window. The fearless tiny cat leaped at the chance to play with the wild fox right away.
“Dodo was on my knee, and I pointed the fox out to her,” Rutter said. “She jumped up to the window and caught the fox’s attention, and then I started to film. I’ve never seen them interact before, and it was so moving to see them mirroring each other.”
You can watch the touching moment here:
Dodo pawed at the window and gave small chirps of greeting, and then the patient fox went about her work in the woods.
“The fox appeared interested and playful to me, not threatening,” Rutter added. “It was as though Dodo had interrupted her and she was politely paying attention to the infant cat.”
Rutter and Dodo look forward to future visits from the fox and can’t wait to see what presents she brings them next.