Saturday, December 13, 2014
UNUSUAL CREATURE SPOTTED IN CENTRE OF BRIGG
BY KEN HARRISON
Brigg - 5.33am, Thursday, 11th December, 2014
It was drizzling and dark, but approaching the lights at the junction of Ash Grove and Barnard Ave, the lights were already on red.
From the corner of my eye, I could see a largish cat-like creature alertly standing near the kerb on the verge just outside the RC Church.
My first thoughts were that the cat was going to dart across the the road in front of traffic - but, apart from me, there was no traffic.
But is was no cat, it was a fox - its tail proudly bushing out horizontally.
It was looking both ways, seemingly experienced with the inherent dangers of the junction - then it briskly trotted diagonally across the junction to Cary Lane's footpath adjacent to the Tesco's car-park. Continuing, the fox then swiftly disappeared into the shrubbery.
A grey-haired guy standing on the opposite Ash Grove corner also witnessed the fox's early morning antics.
He said that he had seen the fox 3, or 4 times in recent weeks and sometimes was seen in the gardens in the locality of Colton St., Redcombe Lane and Grammar School Road. The guy thinks the fox may have a den on the river-bank.
It was now 5.37 - no traffic had passed, the junction had been ghostly quiet, but I had been waiting 4 minutes when the traffic lights turned to green.....
Has anyone else seen our own Brigg urban fox?
As for the the traffic lights that that appear to have a mind of their own - that's a different story.
Next time, I'll ensure I take my camera with me in the anticipation that the fox is a creature of habit.....and if the lights remain on inconvenience red as they usually do in the early hours, then I will have time to edit a BBC documentary on the adventures of Brigg's Mister Foxy-Loxy before they decide to turn green.