Z is for Zorro
‘Zorro’ is Spanish for fox, and is also the name of a South American dog-like canid that looks very like a fox, but which is not.
But so little is know about this elusive wild dog, I found I couldn’t write much about it – or write a poem.
It eats small mammals, has small ears, some webbing between toes from which it is inferred that they swim, and they hunt both by day and night.
I can tell you it is grey-brown – but there are very few pictures, mainly taken by a camera trap.
So my picture and poem is of a real fox (still called zorro in Spanish!).
This fabulous fox portrait is by Peter Trimming on Flikr:
The red fox is the most widespread of all foxes.
Its den is called an earth.
They have a thick, bushy tail from which their name derives – through Old English, from Proto-Germanic, from Proto-Indo-European.
They have whiskers on their legs as well as their faces to help them orientate themselves.
They are clever and bold, and have moved into towns and cities. They eat our scraps, scavenge in bins, and are doing so well that in some areas they are a very common sight.
My husband once had to stop his car in the middle of the road while a young fox woke up from a deep slumber in a pool of sunlight on the warm tarmac! It stretched and ambled away in no hurry at all…
Here is my fox poem – and this is the last entry and the last poem in this year’s A-Z!
The fox barks
like a dog,
brings its earth
into cities with its call,
slinks in the open,
eating the scraps
that we provide.
It is an explorer,
a survivor, too –
it has a face that
points to the new.
Poem © Liz Brownlee
Photo © Peter Trimming
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