Sunday, 20 May 2012
Cute baby fox
Look at this adorable baby fox which stumbled upon the buzzards food today. The small fox quickly set about devouring as much food as it could eat. This is one of two new foxes recently born to a female fox which I have been feeding for a number of years. check out the size difference between the baby fox and the year old buzzard.
In this little wildlife oasis I have created the following animals are regular visitors and I rank them in order of intelligence as I judge them after watching the way they solve problems and protect themselves from predators
The fox is extremely intelligent and can easily solve problems such as removing two individual heavy weights on top of a container with food inside.
Magpies are great problem solvers too and they have the intelligence to understand that a fox or cat will not attack them while eating food they have stumbled upon.
The Buzzard is wise because it can recognise human friend from foe and it has an accurate inbuilt method of calculating time as it knows the usual time when free food is delivered.
The grey squirrel is very intelligent. Not only as a problem solver but as an animal who can bury nuts and remember exactly where they are buried months later.
The badger is quite good at solving problems when it comes to removing food from sealed containers but this may be due to brute strength as much as intelligence.
The mouse like the magpie knows a cat will not attack when it is eating something more tasty.
The cat struggles to work out how to remove one heavy object after another in order to gain access to a container with food inside. The cats strategy is to try and claw through the container rather move the objects, this always fails, yet it never changes strategy and usually waits around until the food container has been opened by a fox or badger and then eats the left overs.
The sparrow and robin are pretty much at the bottom of the food chain in my little wildlife oasis. They both leave themselves open to predation by larger animals as they expose themselves to frequent danger in order to pick up seeds or bits of bread left on the ground.