I saw a fox! -- a big beautiful fox!!
My first time to see a fox in Israel!
Something exciting for Camera-Critters, at last.
You'll have to enlarge both photos to believe me. Follow my arrow in the first picture, where it says The FOX.
Having missed the infrequent bus to my village, I decided to walk home along the road.
Below the road is the valley which burned in 2010; I told you how the Keren Kayemet/JNF forestry teams were starting to clear out all the dead trees in June.
A busload of young teens was just descending to the valley for their hike. Can you see them down below?
Some of them tried a short-cut instead of the trail. Not wise.
It's dangerous trying to climb down the terraces, and some of the girls were screaming in mock fear.
I think the poor fox had never heard such shrill human screams and he hightailed it out of there.
He suddenly emerged just a few meters in front of me.
Don't know which of us was more surprised!
Luckily I had the camera hung around my neck.
The fox gave me a look like, "What are you doing walking on this road, human?"
He ran across the road, but not before looking both ways for possible cars.
Then the fox ran straight up the mountain!
Not zigzagging at all, just straight up to the top.
How he got a foothold in the rock escarpments and how he sailed over felled burnt trees, I'll never know.