Foxes Live: The Drama Unfolds
Channel 4 billed it as a ‘live, interactive natural history event carrying out the biggest ever nationwide study into urban foxes’. Last night’s Foxes Live: Wild In The City had the nation gripped, so much so that as viewers tried to get interactive they crashed the programme’s website.
Using state-of-the-art tracking technology, camera rigs and amateur footage, wildlife experts brought us footage of how urban foxes life their lives amongst our concrete jungle. It featured some awesome shots, like the one where a fox pounced on its prey in the snow. The team also followed the trials and tribulations of a fox family in Essex. Viewers couldn’t help but get hooked on the drama of what was unfolding. A malnourished mother losing her three cubs, only to be rescued by what the experts presumed was a relative. We were also introduced to the rather sociable vixen Roxy. She was rescued and is now too tame to be released back into the wild. These days, she prefers a walk into town to meet the locals. The programme prompted an influx of chat on Twitter as people followed the troubled pasts of these foxes. We were also invited to track the whereabouts of the rather foxy Chico online, which resulted in the show’s website crashing.
The series has painted urban foxes in a different light. We are accustomed to viewing them as pests and devious creatures of the night who run amock in our gardens and root through our rubbish bins. The show’s presenters attempted to show us there is more to the life of a fox by educating us on their fight for survival. So did the programme change your views on foxes or do you still view them as pests?
Foxes Live: Wild In The City continues throughout the week on Channel 4.