If it´s not tapeworms we don´t want here it is Fox scabies and that´s what we have here now. My neighbor saw one this morning and warned me before I went out in to the forest for our morning walk (I´m home today with fever and headache but the dogs needs to take their walk anyway). The scabies in it self isn´t dangerous to the animal, but it itches so much that the fox scratches itself so much that it looses all fur and damages its skin.
The skin then gets infected with different germs and the fox dies slowly and painfully slowly starving to death. This can naturally hit dogs too and some years ago that meant bathing the dog in a special shampoo (rather disgusting) three times and one had to clean the home so good that no scabies eggs remains. Not the easiest thing to do and many failed. But now days they just give the dogs a shot with medicine and repeat it after ten days. So it´s not that bad for dogs but for the foxes it´s a nightmare. It also hits wolves and I think Lynxes too (but not cats).
So no more walking in the forest until the fox either is caught in a trap and killed or dies by itself within a month or so. I do hope it gets trapped because I really don´t want it to suffer that bad and for such a long time. In a way is fortunate that it is so cold now and for one more week because the scabies can´t survive outside the fox in this cold more than half an hour.
Since I´m home today and have nothing special to do I´ve sowed a couple of seeds from Golden horn (Xanthoceras sorbifolia). It comes from China and has edible nuts, I ordered it by mistake but I know it will survive here in my climate, if they just germinates of course 🙂 🙂
No SciFi night at channel six tonight. The only thing coming close to that is Vampire diaries and I don´t like that one, but the new version of the old SciFi series V will start next week and I hope it´s good. Now it´s time for a pot of tea (it´s still early in the day 🙂 ) and a sandwich or two. I haven´t even eaten breakfast yet and feels a bit hungry. Have a great day now!