The fox sat in the middle of the clearing as if he had nothing to do.   I’m used to thinking of zoo animals as bored, but not wild animals, and this fox on the mile-wide Outer Banks should be feeling pressure to hunt for supper, since there can’t be many rabbits on this spit of land.  But he sat still, gazing over the tops of the scrub, bored.

He must have heard our tour-jeep before we saw him, yet as we slowed down to look for horses he glanced over at us as if we were the zoo animals.   The jeep stopped, to our cries of “fox!  fox!”.   Tourists yells didn’t startle him.   Foxes are notoriously furtive, but this one could have been hired for the Disney Outer Banks theme park.

Which, come to think of it, is what these “wilderness” jeep tours are.

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