STEEGAN THE VEGAN
By Josie Whitehead
Now Steegan was a baby fox -
One of many others -
For he had a tiny sister cub
And two little foxy brothers.
They all were born one cold March day,
Inside their parents' den.
They grew and played outside their home
And kept well clear of men.
Their father said: ‘Don’t stray from home,
And hide when people come.
If you should see them coming, pups,
Run quickly back to Mum!’
He also taught them how to kill
The prey that foxes eat
And their parents brought home tasty food
Which they were told was meat.
One night the moon shone in the sky
And some rabbits left their holes.
They ran and played out in the fields
As did some mice and moles.
‘Go, catch a rabbit!’ Mum Fox said
And they'd learned what must be done,
But Steegan thought of doing this
But he didn’t think it fun.’
‘If I kill Mother Rabbit now,
‘What will her babies do?’
He’d hate it if men killed his Mum.
Oh, for certain this was true.
So Steegan wouldn’t kill for meat
And he wouldn't eat it too.
So he became a vegan fox –
Unusual, but quite true.
The other youngsters laughed at him,
But Steegan didn’t care,
And quite soon he was very ill,
Which didn't seem quite fair.
Mum said: ‘All foxes must eat meat.
It's so very good for you.
It's what keeps foxes fit and well,
So it’s essential that you do.’
So Steegan listened to these words,
For this was good advice.
He tried to eat his meat once more,
And remembered it was nice.
He soon regained his health again.
His Mum’s advice was right
And, feeling fit and well once more,
He hunts his prey at night.
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NOTE: Foxes are mainly nocturnal (night-time) hunters, being most active from dusk until dawn. They also occupy well-defined home ranges that are marked with scents including urine, droppings and anal gland secretions.
Baby foxes are known as (1) pups (2) kits or (3) cubs. They are brought up with their mother and father and live in a den. The parents usually have about 3 or 4 pups. Josie