Noises in the night
Hearing noises outside, unlike anything I had ever heard before, late one night, I went to investigate. The sound varied between almost sobbing, coughing and a plaintive moaning. I thought perhaps my cat had been involved in a fight and come home injured for me to rescue her.
I tracked the sound down to a corner behind a container with a large bush growing in it. My dog was very keen to investigate but I held him back as I pulled out the pot. I could see ginger fur and was anxious to keep the dog away as I thought it was an injured ferrule cat. I went inside to get a torch and on returning found a very young fox, terrified, hiding behind the plant pot. I said "hello, what are you doing there?" and decided to leave it to its own devices as I was not able to cope with a fox which might possibly be injured. It had disappeared next morning so I just hope it has survived. Another possibility is that it had an encounter with a ferrule cat and come of the worst. I shall never know.