A 15-year-old boy was playing in his front yard Wednesday night in freezing weather when a fox destroyed his soccer ball and made off with an iced cappuccino.
The animal did not lunge or act aggressively, but the boy's family, who've lived in Yellowknife for years, had never seen a fox so bold. "In Yellowknife, a fox's diet includes cappuccino to go," CBC News, Jan 20, 2006.
Fox? What kind of fox hangs around in Yellowknife, NWT? CBC kindly provided a link to the Hinterland Who's Who page for the red fox. And their range map definitely shows this fox in the Arctic.
So the animal involved was a red fox. But what was really going on? Winter in Yellowknife and a 15-year-old boy is in the front yard, playing. A soccer ball is clearly involved--practicing heading the ball perhaps. The fox comes along, grabs a loose ball? Has trouble getting hold of it. Bites too hard--destroys the ball. Understandable, the fox had probably never played soccer before.
It's the role played by the iced cappuccino that's giving me trouble. I'm guessing it came from a Tim Horton's, they're everywhere, and popular beyond reason. And I can't imagine anyone making one for himself in the middle of winter. So an iced cappuccino in a paper cup.
Is the boy carrying it? Or has he set it down while he practices his soccer moves? Since the fox reportedly "did not lunge or act aggressively," I assume the drink had been set down nearby rather than being in the boy's hand. Freezing temperatures, so iced cap will keep.
A boy playing with a soccer ball, iced cappuccino sitting nearby. A fox comes to join in the game, but it goes wrong. Game called due to soccer ball destruction, the fox delicately picks up the paper cup of icy sweetness (yes, very, very sweet) and leaves.
But how, oh how, can a fox who "destroyed" a soccer ball pick up a paper cup and succeed in making off with it without destroying the cup and losing the treat?