Foxes Live: Wild in the City – episode 2 on Channel 4 tonight
Foxes Live: Wild in the City is an interactive natural history event broadcast live from Battersea Power Station and around the country, carrying out the biggest ever nationwide study into urban foxes in the UK. Using cutting-edge technology, this ambitious project will assemble footage from state-of-the-art tracking technology, camera rigs and user-generated content to provide a fox-eye view of our cities.
No one knows for sure how many foxes live in the UK or whether the population is growing. There’s thought to be between 30,000 and 40,000 living in cities and between 200,000 and 250,000 living in the countryside. Some cities are thought to have as many as 27 foxes per square mile. GPS tracking will provide urban fox territory sizes in different housing densities and, with the public’s help, Channel 4 can make the most comprehensive estimate of the UK urban fox population. The second episode will look at changing public attitudes to the urban fox and will focus on how foxes interact with pets. Veterinary expert and co-presenter Mark Evans investigates a fox attack on a Chihuahua called Lexi.
She had severe bite wounds to her neck, which needed stitches and spent three days recovering at the surgery. The show also features a pet shop owner who became so fond of his fox that he decided to give her a flat above the shop. Miss Snooks must be the most pampered fox the world. She has her own TV, leather sofa, double bed and bathroom fitted with her own mirror. Each night Steve shuts his pet shop, goes up to the flat and spends several hours’ quality time with her, before returning home to his wife later in the evening.
Tonight, 8PM, Channel 4
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