Do foxes attack fawns? The Walnut Creek family wants to know


DEAR JEANNE: One topic of conversation at our last Thanksgiving family dinner was this question: Can a fox attack a baby deer?

I know what you’re probably thinking, that this family is crazy and you might be right, but a McDonalds Happy Meal is the answer.

Vicki Theotonio, Walnut Creek

DEAR VICKI: Finally, I can publicly thank my sixth grade teacher Mr. Perea, who not only encouraged me to become a writer, but taught me a valuable lesson about the difference between wanting and being able, which is at the heart of the answer. to your question.

Could a fox attack a fawn? Yes.

Would a fox attack a fawn? Unlikely.

Foxes are not large animals, falling somewhere between a sturdy domestic cat and a medium-sized dog. Their survival depends on many things, mainly on obtaining food. To ensure success – to kill their prey and not to exert an excessive amount of energy-consuming effort – they opt for animals that are smaller than themselves. All animals, including stray cats, that meet their visual definition of “prey” become targets. This is why foxes do not hunt humans. We are too big to be considered prey.

Foxes are omnivorous, which means they eat a variety of things, including squirrels, rabbits, rodents, fruits and berries, insects, bird eggs, and fish.

A fawn is sort of at the edge of the prey scale. A very small fawn can be registered as prey, but it can still be difficult for the fox to bring it down and kill it. And let’s not forget that Mama Deer is probably nearby.

I think my answer could have sparked another family debate about semantics. On the bright side, this month’s Happy Meal toys are from Disney’s new movie, “Encanto.” And Mr. Perea would be proud.

DEAR JEANNE: Recently you wrote about keeping a new kitten warm and recommended buying a heated bed or heating pad.

We have a senior kitten that we would like to keep warm at night. She is becoming fragile and has lost weight. We would appreciate it if you have any recommendations on where to find a good heated bed. We have an electric heating pad, but we’re uncomfortable just turning it on and then going to bed, hoping it won’t start a fire or something.

Dennis B., Sunnyvale

DEAR DENNIS: Using a heating pad intended to relieve aches and pains in humans is not a good idea for pets. They could chew or pee on it, which could cause severe shock. More importantly, they don’t have those handy thumbs up and the ability to turn off the heating pad or turn the heat down if they get too hot.

Many companies offer pet-safe alternatives at a range of prices. Some are flat, padded rugs, and some are full beds with soft, comfortable padding. Some activate when your cat climbs on them, and others can be as simple as microwaving a disc that then goes into their existing bed.

I can’t recommend any, as I’ve never tried them, but if you’re looking for heated indoor pet beds on Amazon, your eyes will be ice-cold at the huge range to choose from.

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