« Previous Entry | TCB Home | Next Entry »

Urban Wildlife

At 1:20 a.m. this morning, the authors of this blog saw a red fox walking down Center Cross Drive in Tower Grove Park. When questioned, the fox said he was looking for his son Lamont.

Posted under Other by Brian Marston on Wed., Aug 30, 2006 at 1:06 PM


Thanks, now I've got that theme song stuck in my head. On a related note, during our stlphotoblogger meetup at Carondelet Park 2 Saturdays ago, we spotted a doe galloping through the middle of the park at dusk. Wondered where her camp was set up.

[Posted by tom on Wed., Aug 30, 2006 at 1:39 PM]

I saw the foxx at the botannical gardens. A friend said a family of them lives behind the waterfall near the Japanese lake. This one looked like a lanky teenager--maybe he was out looking for a place to smoke when you busted him. Or maybe he just got fed up with Dale Chihuly.

Doesn't Gerry Rhode use that theme song as bumper music on KWMU?


[Posted by Paul on Wed., Aug 30, 2006 at 2:23 PM]

He *did* look like a lanky teenager! When he first skitted through the headlights, Brian said, "Hey, possum!" and when we got a better look, I thought, "That's a damn tall, skinny possum."

And yes, Gerry Rhode does use that music. That and his inscrutable accent are a source of endless amusement to me in my car. (Of course, I'm easily amused.)

[Posted by amanda on Wed., Aug 30, 2006 at 3:42 PM]

I was buzzed one night, walking home from CBGB, when a possum crossed the street, hustling directly at me, before weaving at the last second and ducking into a gangway.

Needless to say, it scared me.

[Posted by thomas on Wed., Aug 30, 2006 at 9:00 PM]

Possoms are totally creapy. I was working the polls at Resurrection School last year and during broad daylight a possom shows up across the street and starts hissing at me. I had made the decision that if it crossed the street I was either going to have to climb the nearest tree or run to my car. Luckily it ended up going the other direction.

[Posted by maggie on Thu., Aug 31, 2006 at 9:34 AM]

ooh, I must disagree: I find them fascinating! Number one, they look like those two bird-faced dues from the old "Spy vs. Spy" cartoons, all pointy-faced and beady-eyed. Secondly, these cats have been around for a long, long time: they're so primeval! You have to respect that survival ethic. And they have only that one move, the possum waddle, which can only be speeded up or slowed down according to the threat level.

When my mom lived by herself in Tupelo, MS, she would leave her back door open 24/7 (to accommodate the ridiculous demands of her cat, which is a whole 'nother topic I'll be addressing someday in therapy), but she eventually noticed that an open door, a nice, cool, dark place to sleep during the day, and an inviting bowl of cat food had attracted a regular possum visitor, whom she christened "Edna."

Finally, props to the possum in pop culture: near the end of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," Will Ferrell and Amy Adams make out in a bar called "The Unfriendly Possum."

[Posted by amanda on Thu., Aug 31, 2006 at 10:22 AM]

Hey possum-lover, could we commission you to remove the rotting dead possum that somehow found its way inside our garage? ;-)

[Posted by tom on Thu., Aug 31, 2006 at 1:09 PM]

This June, graphic designer Laura Thake had a very close encounter with a red fox. It was Whitaker night @MOBOT & there were hundreds of people everywhere. Mr. Red Foxx pretty much just strolled right up to her, sniffed their shoes & plopped his red self down and took a little rest. If you wanna see the digis, I can forward them to you.

[Posted by robin on Thu., Aug 31, 2006 at 3:32 PM]

We saw a fox at the Whitaker festival at MOBOT, too, wandering the maze of the boxwood garden. Snapped some great photos (one labeled "Hot fox in the City, running wild and lookin' pretty). A staff member confirmed a family lives there.

With a pond in our back yard and proximity to TGP, we get raccoons (sometimes a group of playful young 'ens), possums, and a plethora of the more domesticated squirrels.

[Posted by Julia Engelhardt on Thu., Aug 31, 2006 at 5:13 PM]

Walking down the middle of the drive? Sounds like that fox was about to join Elizabeth.

[Posted by Urban Review on Thu., Aug 31, 2006 at 9:36 PM]

Redd Foxx was spotted tonight, just west of Tower Grove on Magnolia. Bold as could be, it sauntered along the street's curb. As I was in a car, driving, I cannot report any more details on the animal's behavior or state-of-mind.

Though interesting to both me, and, no doubt, readership, this incident still pales in comparison to Opossum Incident '05.

[Posted by thomas on Fri., Sep 1, 2006 at 10:04 PM]

Funny, a fox darted in front of my car the other night at Carondelet Park. What is more disturbing, though, is the appearance of armadillos this far north. And people think Al Gore may be wrong?

[Posted by dustin on Fri., Sep 8, 2006 at 4:09 PM]

Member of the STL Syndicate


February 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003


Business District (105)
Fun Links (65)
Other (78)
People (156)
STL in the News (76)
The Commonspace (75)
The Media (91)

Powered by Movable Type 2.661

Takin' Care of Business (in a flash)