Fox Steals Golfers’ Balls!

(Sorry for the headline! I couldn’t resist. But it’s not inaccurate.)

This golf course is in Montana, but it’s not the only golf course in America where this peculiar thing has happened.

A fox is collecting golf balls. They haven’t yet been able to find where he’s stashing them. But they have him in camera picking up balls that are in play and making off with them.

What do you suppose he’s doing with them?

12 comments on “Fox Steals Golfers’ Balls!

  1. OK, that one, which said nothing went right through. I will never understand this system. I was only remarking that some of the things animals do are impossible to understand. Or something to that effect.

  2. I am becoming convinced that there are behavioral changes in wildlife. They seem to be interacting with humans differently than anything in my recollection. I see YouTube videos that amaze me, all the time. People living with exotic pets that seem incredibly tame. What is going on?

    1. I met a man who had his whole house remodeled to accommodate his reptiles–including quite a few intensely poisonous snakes. That was some house he had! I visited him on a day when his gecko eggs were hatching.

    2. I always wonder about keeping venomous reptiles. I have seen people on the Internet that had cobras and mambas. I guess that with skill it’s possible, but if something goes wrong, the consequences are horrible.

      There are rattlesnakes in abundance where I live. I haven’t seen any in the last few years, but I found the shed skin of a Diamondback in my back yard, a while back. I’ve also seen them in my yard, but it’s rare. Frankly, any day that I don’t have to deal with a Diamondback is a good day. There are also Coral Snakes in the area, which are quite beautiful, and the local species is not noted for being aggressive. Nonetheless, I don’t seek their close companionship.

      I would guess that having control of something deadly gives people a sense of accomplishment. As fascinating and beautiful as snakes can be, they are not anything like a conventional pet. While I could understand that successfully handling a dangerous reptile might be an interesting experience, I can’t, for the life of me, understand why someone would deliberately place themselves at risk. Dying of a snakebite is not a pleasant experience. I’m not about to invite such risk for no good reason.

    3. This man was a consultant to several zoos, so I guess that’s why he had permission to keep poisonous snakes. You should’ve seen the diamondback he had–enormous.

    4. People can, and do, deal with venomous snakes all the time. There are local legends of people in the area, living in isolated places, alongside Mojave Rattlers that have become accustomed to their presence and don’t rattle or become alarmed at the presence of the humans on that land. I find this easy to believe, because my own experience with the harmless snakes I’ve owned is that once they recognize your scent and do not associate that scent with danger, they become very docile. Why would a venomous snake behave any differently? But, they are still dangerous if they break demeanor, and they can do that without warning.

      Here’s another aspect of it. It’s fairly easy to communicate with a dog or cat. Speak softly, move slowly and avoid anything which might be perceived as threatening and most domestic mammals will respond accordingly. I once had a class on how to deal with dogs and that was the gist. They taught us a few things about the body language with would alarm a dog and also suggested some simple commands which most dogs are familiar with. You’d be amazed how effective this can be.

      But you can’t tell a rattlesnake to “go lay down” and expect it to comply. It won’t detect your tone of voice, possessing only the most rudimentary auditory sense. There are serpentine body language cues which are observable, if you know what to look for, but even that only gets you so far. The only time I’ve ever been bitten by a snake, it was breathing heavily and showing signs of aggression before it struck. Being that it was a small, harmless, ribbon snake, I wasn’t too concerned, but the serotonin-laden saliva of even such a harmless reptile still made it hurt like hell. A friend of mine once caught a fairly large example of this species in his back yard and it bit hard in the web between his thumb and his hand. It hurt just to see happen. 🙂

      I’ll leave the venomous snakes to someone else.

    5. then again, Karl Schmidt, curator of reptiles at the Chicago Zoo, died of a bite from a boomslang–a poisonous South African snake that herpetologists didn’t consider deadly. They were forced to change their minds about that.

    6. I guess that goes to show just how incomplete our knowledge of such things truly is. Snakes are scary business. The Bible uses the way of a snake on a rock as an example of something amazing to watch, and I agree.

      Of any land dwelling creature, I don’t think that much of anything is more different from our experience as a human as a snake. My experience with them is limited, to say the least, but from what little I’ve been around them, I can state that they operate by a set of rules that are inscrutable. They eat when they are darned good and ready. They can be put off by tiny changes in their surroundings. I’ve been convinced that one had died, being completely unresponsive, then a minute later it was moving around. They are strange critters.

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