Love your fox avatars by the way,Tilt. I have regular fox visitors to my garden.
Actually, they are jackals. I adopted that as an avatar on E-Sangha during a lengthy debate about whether or not hinayana was a negative term and whether it applied to the Theravada. Of course, the I felt and supported my position that yes it was negative term and no it did not apply to the Theravada. During the process of the debate I quoted this passage from a Mahayana sutra: ”Your Majesty, why should one who follows the path leading to supreme enlightenment [the Mahayana], who is like the lion, king of beasts, salute those who follow the Hinayana, who are like jackals?”
-- A Treasury of Mahayana Sutras, Garma Chang page 116.
The idea, of course, is that jackals rather disreputable scavengers, which got me wondering about jackals. With a bit of research I found that in reality, while they may scavenge, they are a very intelligent, resourceful animal that mate for life and take very good care of their pups and are very attrative.
We had foxes where I live until the coyotes moved in. Coyotes will eat foxes and wolves will eat coyotes. A dog eat dog world out there. I miss the foxes, but the coyotes are really interesting, and they keep the feral cat population in check. Police sirens set them off into a yipping frenzy that sounds like someone is torturing miniature poodles.
My favorite local beasties are the possums. When I go walkies with my dog late at night, we will see them, and occasionally if we get too close they will keel over and play possum, which is really facisnating to watch. And all of this more than you or anyone else really wanted to know, but now you do.
(I started to reply to your msg before you added the smily thingies, so fortunately they did not show up in reply.)