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Woman Stops Fox Hunters at Garden Gate: Courage in the Cold

Woman Stops Fox Hunters at Garden Gate: Courage in the Cold

Written by Sarah Hockey of Merseyside, United Kingdom

I live on the edge of a beautiful park, Sefton Park in Liverpool, England. Last winter was the coldest I had ever seen, with lows of -19 degrees and a ton of snow which stayed for weeks, transforming the landscape.

One morning as I opened my front door to take my dog Rocky for a walk, I had the pleasure of seeing a fox run past and into the garden at the side of the house. It was so amazing to see this beautiful rusty red creature in the daylight, and against the white snow.

I should have known it was too good to be true — seconds later two men with four dogs went running past me too. I knew immediately why the poor fox was out in the daylight: it was running for its life. Well, all I can say is the fox picked the right garden to run into.

“Get Out Now!”

Rocky and I ran into the garden and I shouted at the two men: “What are you doing in my garden, this is private property!” They stopped, which gave the fox enough time to leap over the wall to safety. They said, “We just want to get over the wall to walk in the field.” Yeah, right.

I said, heart pounding: “I know exactly what you’re doing. Get out now, I’m phoning the police!” The men faced me, but even though I was scared I stood my ground. At least if they were staying with me, they weren’t over the wall pursuing the fox. Rocky instinctively stayed by my side and barked at the men. One of them threatened me and said he knew where I lived, and to keep my nose out of their business.

I said I didn’t care, and if they wanted to come back to bring it on, they were just a couple of cowards chasing after a defenseless animal! At which point, they left and just as I thought, the cowards that they were, they never returned.

I’ll never forget how relieved I was that Rocky and I were able to help that fox, and how instinctively we knew what I had to do. I am proud of that moment and would do it again. SEE PHOTO of Rocky


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2:51PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Good for you. Foxes are beautiful creatures and should not be hunted. They are a part of our environment also, they kill rodents and such that carry diseases. Stand your ground, proud of you.

6:08AM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

Thank you Sarah for the story of this very brave women for standing up to these men who were nothing more than bullies and cowards and apparently love to pick on things that are vulnerable, defenseless. This woman (and her dog) is my hero!

She should still report this to the authorities in case they try this again.

11:24PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

what a brave lady, so inspiring and heartwarming

9:08AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

It is so heartening to still see messages of support from caring people around the world. There are so many amazing people out there. Yes, I mean you! Thank you.

8:52AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

The fox picked the right garden to go through. It's so nice to know that there's other kind people in the world. I would have done the same thing.

8:39AM PST on Jan 7, 2013

What a great story and what a lucky fox, to have picked the right garden to go in. My thanks to this Lady and her lovely dog for being so brave in helping the fox to escape from those vile men.

2:48AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Thanks for the post!

7:34AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

very well done, there should be more people like you!

7:51PM PST on Jan 27, 2012


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