Friday, April 18, 2014

FOX, IS HE A REPUB?

The White House may not be getting new occupants until 2016, but there is one unexpected addition to the set of familiar faces on the presidential grounds.
A pesky red fox has weaselled his way into claiming his own piece of the residence.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the fox had been a frequent visitor to the grounds late last summer but was left to roam free once many of the White House groundskeepers were furloughed during the government shutdown.
Ruling the residence: A single red fox has been spotted around the White House grounds since last summer (pictured on the South Lawn in February)
Ruling the residence: A single red fox has been spotted around the White House grounds since last summer (pictured on the South Lawn in February)
Making a home: The fox was a problem before the government shut down but the groundskeeper's efforts were thwarted when they were furloughed last fall
Making a home: The fox was a problem before the government shut down but the groundskeeper's efforts were thwarted when they were furloughed last fall
The groundskeepers brought metal traps and scattered them around the White House grounds but the rotting hunks of chicken used inside as bait did not appeal to the discerning fox.
Instead, he has taken to Mrs Obama's famed fruit and vegetable garden.
'We don't mind that he passes through, but we don't want him to stay,' groundskeeper Dale Haney told The Wall Street Journal.
'No overnight guests.'
Sneaking a raspberry doesn't quite qualify as a breach in security, but setting off security alarms in the middle of the night does cause problems.
On the lookout: President Obama, seen on Friday in the Rose Garden, has apparently spotted the fox from his seat in the Oval Office

1 comment:

Sister--Three said...

He is really a pretty fox.