A massive fox, reportedly the biggest yet in the UK, has been killed in Scotland. Sadly, the farmer that shot the fox said he had no alternative. The fox had reportedly savaged the farmer's young lambs.
Foxes in the UK are more widespread following the ban on fox hunting. Whilst some in rural settings would like to use this to begin fox hunting once again that should not be allowed to happen. It is not a sport and should rightly be resigned to the past, like bear baiting in the UK. To the scrapheap of history. There are more humane ways of dealing with foxes if necessary.
This giant of a fox weighed almost three stone and was nearly five feet long. This is more than double the average size of a normal sized fox. Farmer Alan Hepworth who shot and killed the fox stands not much taller than the animal, at just 5ft 7in in height.
Mr Hepworth told the Mail Online: ‘I was out with my son. We have to shoot foxes to keep on top of them, and stop them from killing the lambs.‘It was late at night, and this particular fox caught our eye because it was such an incredible size. We made a squeaking noise to get its attention, and then shot it."
Correct me if I am wrong but that does not sound as if this fox was caught red handed killing lambs? It sounds more like a case of see it shoot it. The foxes vital statistics when measured and weighed by Mr Hepworth were that it weighed a staggering 38lb 1oz and measured 4ft 9in from its nose to the tip of its tail.
Greater urbanisation of Great Britain has led to foxes becoming more confident around people. Some now receive titbits or help themselves to waste food, especially the remains of takeaway food carelessly discarded.
Authorities have said that a 38 pound fox would have been unheard of in the UK some years ago. That could be because of a more rural countryside back then or simply because many were cruelly hunted down. It may just be this blogger but the images at the mailonline, in particular the one of a smiling child next to the dead fox, do not sit well.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog