New brother

First the sad news. Sweet Minnie the fox followed her sister Grainne to the Rainbow Bridge at the age of eleven. Last time I saw her she was weaker than usual. She died in her sleep like Grainne. Both had a long and happy life.

Run free in heaven, you beautiful girls! 

These are links to some of my blog posts about the Fox Man Pat Gibbons from County Kilkenny and his foxes:


And here is another little soul who needed love and care. Meet Gorta, a 14 weeks old cub named after the famous Kilkenny hurler Martin Comerford’s nickname. In Irish, Gorta means Famine.

Gorta is different colour than the other foxes. He is peach-and-silvery grey with red goggles.

We are sitting outside and Gorta is sniffing the air and perking his ears. His nose never stops moving.

He smelled the ducks grazing in the garden and licked his lips.

A passing car startled him…

…so he did exactly what any other scared baby would do – reached for safety and pressed his little body to Pat.

A universal picture of love and trust.

No matter who or what you are.

  Have a happy week!


  1. Gorta is gorgeous and I hope he has as long and happy a life as Grainnie and Minnie. I’ve read posts in the past about the amazing Fox Man, Pat GIbbons and have every admiration for him and the wonderful work he does. Your beautiful photos show the love he has for little Gorta,

    1. Thank you so much! I could see how happy he was to have this little one. It won’t be easy for him though. Harry and Gorta have to be kept separately. It is going to be a challenge.

  2. Ahhh … Gorta is adorable and what beautiful and unusual colours! Already well loved and enjoying the safety of the cuddles. A heartwarming post, Inese and the photos are wonderful. I’ve missed your previous posts on foxes and will check them out now … I’m in for a treat!

  3. I’m sorry to hear about Minnie. And happy to meet Gorta and see him loved and cuddled. These posts about Pat and the foxes are so dear, Inese. The kindness warms my heart. ❤

  4. Sorry about Minnie, but thank you for such a lovely post. Gorta is adorable. I am surprised how your friend Pat has managed what all publications I read say is not possible: to raise and tame foxes. I’ve always read the call of the wild becomes irresistible for them after a few months. Also glad you made the trip. 🙏🏻

    1. Thank you 🙂 It was my first trip this year 🙂
      Pat is getting his foxes very young and very sick. He is fighting for their life, and Gorta’s story is no different. Pat and his foxes are close from the start, but for their own safety he keeps them on lead because as you rightly noted, they are wild animals and can run away and get hurt.

      1. Hurray for your first trip! 🙏🏻
        How does Pat “get his foxes”? Parents killed in traps or by hunters? His work is very commendable. My praise to him.
        And… keep traveling… Cheers my friend.

        1. Someone found the cub, wanted to keep but didn’t know how. Little fox got sick, almost died. Was given to Pat. Siblings and parents killed. Usual story… Bad start and a happy life afterwards 🙂 Fairy tale 🙂

  5. One of the saddest things about pets is their truncated lives, sometimes too prematurely. But, life goes on, as intended by Mother Nature, in the young shoots left behind. It’s a pleasure meeting Gorta! He retains the common felicities of a fox, and yet I can see a mutation in work in his genes, of being domesticated.

    1. Oh it is very sad to lose a pet, Uma. It hurts even after decades.

      Grainne and Minnie have lived more than ten years – a limit for a domesticated fox or a dog of the same size. All Pat’s foxes got a bad start in life. They were not expected to live at all. Little Gorta is not an exception – the vets gave up on him. But not Pat. Now after 14 weeks Gorta is a happy little fox with a long life ahead. Pat also has an 8 years old Henry. None of the foxes are related, of course – no mutations or anything here 🙂 They are as wild as you get them 🙂

  6. So sad to hear of the dear one leaving earth but so very happy for this little baby who is well loved! Love your blog posts!

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Such a pity that foxes don’t live longer, but in the wild they never survive past 4-5 years. I will write more about the baby Gorta when he is comfortable with strangers. I will see them in September.

  7. Hello Inese,
    It is bittersweet to see our animal friends go, but I am glad she had a happy and fulfilled life. Gorta is beautiful, and your photo series is full of love and warmth❤️

    1. Thank you Takami ❤ Just a few month ago Pat said that he won't take a new fox, and here he is with the baby Gorta on his lap 🙂

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