Mnr AM de Lange writes:
> But the next night the foxes visit the place again. The old scratches have
> caloused (sealed off) so that the foxes have to make new fresh scratches.
> After a few nights of testing, the skin of the watermelon is so damaged
> that nobody will buy it should it escape the eating.
This reminds me of a somewhat different story:
For many years, my family owned a cabin on a lake in upstate New York. My
grandfather, like most of his neighbors, was always battling raccoons who
got into his garbage, scattering most of it and eating some. Like your
foxes, raccoons are very clever, and also have almost hand-like front
paws, making it difficult to close off a garbage can so that they can't
open it. Finally, my aunt hit on a perfect solution: every evening, after
dinner, she'd put the day's food scraps in a dish on the porch, just
outside the main windows. The raccoons soon learned to come up on the
porch and take what they want, incidentally providing a show for the
humans inside. After they finished, she'd put the remainders in the
garbage can, which remained untouched by the raccoons.
Makes me wonder if a smart farmer couldn't find some way to cut a deal
with the foxes...
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