13th May 1825

Met with an extraordinary incident today while walking in Open Wood to hunt a Nightingales nest I popt unawares on an old Fox & her 4 young cubs that were playing about. She saw me & instantly approached me growling like an angry dog. I had no stick & tried all I could to fright her by imitating the bark of a fox-hound, which only irritated her the more, & if I had not retreated a few paces back she would have seized me. When I set up an halloo she started.

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