Samstag, 13. Juni 2009

Enrichment Toys For Little Foxes ? - Oder Etwa Doch Imelda...?

Was macht eine Füchsin, wenn die Kleinen quengeln und sich langweilen..., na, ist doch klar, schlau und gute Mutter wie sie ist, besorgt sie Enrichment Toys für die Kleinen...In diesem Fall waren es mehr als 120 Schuhe, alle anders, damit auch bloß keine Langeweile aufkommt...!
Es scheint, dass die pädagogischen Ratschläge für Zoos auch bei Füchsen nicht nur in Föhren angekommen sind, denn ähnliche Fälle gab es bereits auch in Berlin und anderswo...Schlaue Füchsinnen, kann man da nur sagen, oder etwa doch einfach nur Füchse mit einem Schuhtick?

(Dt. Artikel zur Füchsin in Föhren hier...)

What does a vixen when her cubs are grizzling and bored...? Sure, smart and being a good mother she acquires enrichment toys...In this case it were more than 120 shoes which had been supplied to the cubs, all different, so that boredom would not come up again...! It seems that the pedagogical recommendations for zoos not only were heard in Föhren as similar cases have been reported already in Berlin and in other areas of Germany...Smart these vixen or maybe just foxes with a tic for shoes?

'Imelda' Strikes Again
Thieving Fox Amasses 120 Shoes

A vixen has stolen more than 120 shoes from doorsteps in the German town of Föhren over the last year, amassing a collection that would impress even Imelda Marcos. Little bit marks on the laces suggest that they're intended as toys for her cubs.

For more than a year, the people of Föhren, a small town in the wooded Eifel hills of western Germany, wondered who was going around stealing shoes from their doorsteps and garden terraces at night. Well over 100 muddy hiking shoes, wet Wellingtons, steel-capped workman's boots, flipflops and old slippers went missing.

The mystery has now been solved after a forestry worker discovered an Imelda Marcos-scale collection of footwear in a fox's den in nearby woods.

The bushy-tailed culprit, believed to be a vixen with a family of cubs, is still at large, and locals have two explanations for her kleptomania. Either she amassed them as toys for her children, or she simply likes collecting shoes, or both. So far 120 stolen shoes have been retrieved.

"She's clearly got a thing about shoes," Rudolf Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, the local count who lives in Föhren Palace, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "We found 86 shoes in the den and a further 32 in a nearby quarry where they like to play. That includes 12 or 13 matching pairs of shoes."

"The shoes may well be intended as toys for the cubs because there are bite marks made by little teeth on the shoelaces," he continued. "It's impressive that she found the time to steal them in addition to getting food."

Count von Kesselstatt had the retrieved shoes laid out in the palace on Wednesday so that the townsfolk can come and collect them.

The case has made local headlines but so far the media hasn't come up with a name for the vixen -- given her obsession, Imelda would appear to be the most suitable one. So far she hasn't been caught in the act, and the people of Föhren seem content to leave her in peace.

"She's probably got more shoes in the den, we didn't want to venture in any further because she's still living there and we don't want to kill her, especially given that she's got cubs," said von Kesselstatt. "People should simply make sure they take their shoes in at night."

That is sound advice because Imelda is still at it with a vengeance, presumably to replenish her depleted collection. "More shoes have gone missing in the last few days," said von Kesselstatt.

Source: Spiegel online

Und demnächst nur noch ganz gesittet ab ins Schuhgeschäft.., oder Mama Fuchs ?-

And from now on, Mrs. Vixen will get her supplies on shoes here..., won't she?

Photo credits: Fuchs im Schuhgeschäft & Unknown photographers

Mehr über Füchse hier/dt.- And an open investigation in Newthorpe too...


Betsy hat gesagt…

this is such a charming story and a great way to start my day with a laugh. Thank you Birgit. I love it!!

Unknown hat gesagt…

This is a very amusing story, amusing but at the same time it shows that the vixen is a good mother as she seems to have found a good way to fulfill the needs of
her cubs.

Das ist eine sehr amüsante Geschichte....

Melissa aus Rodrigues

Dostoy hat gesagt…

Interesting story! And I love the photos.