Our theme this week for Scribble Picnic is FOX. This has been the spring of the fox at our school. Why? you may ask. Well, several times we've had to pull the children in from the playground during recess because a fox family living in the woods adjoining the playground has been curious enough to come out to the edge of the woods to watch the children during recess. We're not sure if they're living in the neighborhood or just happen to be passing through, but in any case, when they show themselves it becomes a problem.
My boss, our principal, had me call the police department and then Animal Control to see what we could do about getting them removed, but unfortunately, unless they appeared to be sick (looking drunk, salivating, etc.) they would not remove them. They said it was not unusual to see them out during the day, especially when there were young ones. And they weren't threatening at this point.
They did suggest that we call a local animal rescue and their advice was to make the area less appealing. This involved buying mylar balloons to tie to the trees around the playground, hiding containers of amonia soaked rags in the high grass around the tree line, and wiping down the dumpster with amonia to deter them from looking for food closer to the school.
I was nominated to pick up the balloons, amonia, and containers. The custodian had the job of dispersing the deterrents.
Did it work? We'll never really know if that's why they moved on. There was no exit survey.
As we were shopping a bit in Cape May on Sunday, I always check out the Swede Shop for unique little items. This time I purchased this little clay ornament of a fox and gnome for our Christmas tree as a remembrance of both our trip and the fox incidents.
I went off-prompt on Sunday for ICAD (which was PORTRAIT) and instead used my rendition of the ornament instead. (I'll be back with the link for my ICAD post - vacation this week has me a little behind.)
So now I will head over to see how FOXy the other picnickers have been this week. Won't you join me? Click here. And, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, should you want to jump in for next week, the prompt is WATERMELON. Won't that be juicy!