Swiper, NO SWIPING! Oh, maaaan…

Foxy thief snatches bag – then returns it to owner (From The Argus).

Jeremy Clark, 38, told The Argus how he was at home in Maple Drive, Burgess Hill, when he spotted a fox making off with his wife’s handbag – then return it to her.

“Next thing I knew he had my wife’s handbag in his mouth and was running towards the bushes.”

Jeremy screamed at the fox to drop the bag but he scuttled off out of sight.

But a few minutes later the guilty looking fox crept back into the car park with his bushy tail between his legs. In his mouth was Anna’s bag which he dropped at her feet before running off.

Hmm. A funny story. Don’t know what to make of it. But, he did note the fox seemed awful comfortable around people. Again, we see people attributing an emotion, guilt, to the animal that was not even domesticated. I’m skeptical of this story.

  7 comments for “Swiper, NO SWIPING! Oh, maaaan…

  1. David B.
    October 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Was the fox’s name “Swiper”?

    Swiper don’t swipe!
    Swiper don’t swipe!
    Swiper don’t swipe!

  2. October 25, 2012 at 3:20 PM


    I totally missed that reference for the title. GOOD ONE!

    In fact it’s SO good, I’m going to revise it. David, you get a star for that one. Props.

  3. Pete Chapman
    October 25, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Okay…I’m skeptical about the little guy having remorse about his actions but what about him realizing that the contents of the purse were inedible and realizing that humans are suckers for this kind of engagement…maybe this very clever fox has wised up to how to deal with the so-called “dominant” species. It worked for the cats and dogs. Right now he’s bragging to the raccoons.

  4. David B.
    October 25, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Phew, for a minute I thought that was the original title and *I* missed it. 🙂
    I guess I didn’t quite get the quote right, but it’s been a while since my kids watched Dora.

  5. October 25, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    When foxes get friendly in the daytime I start thinking rabies…

  6. Haldurson
    October 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I guess a hungry animal could get a bit braver than normal. Bears and racoons and other animals do steal from campsites, but usually at night. I don’t know enough about foxes to know if they have similar behaviors.

  7. Haldurson
    October 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I get this from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox
    “Fox attacks on humans are not common but have been reported. In November 2008, an incident in the United States was reported in which a jogger was attacked and bitten on the foot and arm by a rabid fox in Arizona.[10] In July 2002, a 14-week-old baby was attacked in a house in Dartford, Kent, United Kingdom.[11] In June 2010, 9-month-old twin girls were bitten on the arms and face when a fox entered their upstairs room in east London.[12]”

    It’s not mentioned if these fox were rabid, but there’s more than one possible explanation for an animal not acting as it’s normally expected (even normally shy or gentle animals can get ornery when they get old, just like humans, and mental disorders are not unknown).

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