Friendly fox family entertains Waterlooville couple with their playful garden antics

A FAMILY of friendly foxes have been delighting a Waterlooville couple who keep the pack well fed while enjoying their antics.

Friday, 5th June 2020, 1:38 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 6:02 pm
Sue Garbutt, from Waterlooville, feeding the friendly mother fox Suki in her garden with a piece of ham. Picture by Malcolm Garbutt

A mother fox began visiting the garden of Sue and Malcolm Garbutt in Lavender Road around three years ago, and has won the hearts of the animal-loving pair.

They feed the mother - named Suki by the couple - slices of ham, dog food and raw egg, as well as helping give the wild animal medicine when she had two bouts of mange, which can be lethal if untreated.

Sue, who loves watching the four cubs playing, said: ‘We brought her back to health, then she disappeared and all of a sudden the babies arrived. They’re well looked after, she’s a brilliant mum.

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Friendly mother fox Suki eating dog food and egg in Malcolm and Sue Garbutt's garden. Picture by Malcolm Garbutt

‘Honestly they make our day. The joy they have brought us has been amazing - to feed out of your hand is absolutely amazing.’

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One of the cubs has been affectionately named Bobby by Sue, because she has a black bob on her tail. Sue said: ‘She’s the most adventurous.’

Husband Malcolm, who also loves their wild visitors, added: ‘She’ll come right up to you, no fear.

‘I have bought them tennis balls from Poundland, the antics they have of kicking those balls around and chasing each other with them - you have to see it to believe it.

‘I’m disabled and got a job to get around so it’s just lovely to have so much wildlife.’

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