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Foxes and Golf

February 17, 2014
(c) NPS Photo/Kent Miller

(c) NPS Photo/Kent Miller

This video of a BBC broadcast from last fall shows a fox making full use of a golf course in Switzerland — not only as habitat (many animals find golf courses to be excellent places to hang out), but also as a source of amusement, by nabbing the balls hit by golfers and hiding them in the bushes. All of which begs this question.

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  1. February 18, 2014 1:29 am

    Oh! Perfect musical video 🙂 I’ve been following some of the documentaries on foxes in the UK, and they’re highly adaptive. I wonder about this aspect of ‘play’? Here at our local golf course, that odd seagull will duck down and nab a golf ball. Juvenile baboons too, have had a go at interceding soccer balls when children play at a nearby field… i’m convinced that they would like to interact. I know we tend to anthropomorphise in these situations, but wonder if any studies have been done on species interacting in play? My neighbour talks of their young golden retriever romping with a wild otter, and i see dassies and young mongooses playing together. It’s an intriguing subject.

    • February 18, 2014 3:30 pm

      I know that there are certainly loads of anecdotal cases of interspecies play. Maybe Marc Bekoff has written about this in a more scholarly way?

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