Fox cub survives brush with death as it holes up in dishwasher

Dr. Simon Hayes, a vet in north London, found a fox cub in his dishwasher. As the Torygraph reports, how and why it got there is a mystery, but the paper has a video of the cub huddled inside the appliance. Hayes chased it out with a broom and, according to the news, the fox was reunited with its mom. Hayes’s tw**t:

h/t: Cindy


  1. rickflick
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    The fox must have been after what looks like a box of chocolates on the lower rack.


    • Randall Schenck
      Posted June 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      Yes, the dishwasher is the first place I always look for chocolate.

      There is something about this particular situation that just looks a little set up? The Kit Fox, I think that’s what they call the young ones, would have to be in the house first to have any chance of being in the appliance. Possibly a pet at the vets or customer?

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted June 9, 2016 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

        I don’t know your practices, but when we had a dishwasher (and while the parents still do), SOP was to stick drity dishes into it until it was full (about 2 days), then put the machine to work. So for an average of 50% of the time, it’s laden with interestingly … pungent … materials. And between front door, back door, coal-‘ole, outdoor toilet and pantry, that’s 4 routes of entry available.
        I don’t see intrinsically anything implausible.
        More importantly, I see a large slice of melon and no cinnamon, which must be corrected, then devoured.

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted June 9, 2016 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

          Sorry for the late reply and sorry to hear you no longer have a dish washer. They are pretty common in most houses and apartments here in the states so not having one is about as likely as a college student without a smart phone.

          Having been married for many years one tends to follow instructions from the expert in residence on dish washer operations. I am required to rinse most of the dishes before entry into the machine and this would be particularly so if it were not going to be started for a day or two.

          The outdoor toilet business I have not experienced for many years and although I spent over 3 years in England long ago I did not come across any.

          • Dominic
            Posted June 10, 2016 at 7:43 am | Permalink

            Anything that uses electricity when you could use muscle power is bad for the environment. 😦

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted June 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

              Debatable. Because the dishwashing machine doesn’t have to worry about keeping temperatures down to the human-tolerable range, they can go to higher temperatures where the bacteria-virus-fungus killing potential is considerably higher without having to depend on the temporary benefits of antimicrobial chemicals (to which resistance will evolve).
              Given that water still needs to be heated for hand dishwashing (ever washed the dishes when camping – takes fuel, which you have to carry ; you notice it), the energy balance argument is fairly close to neutral. The energy investment in making the dishwasher is appreciable, but considering that it does (probably) do a better antimicrobial job than hand dishwashing, I’m not upset over that. I would, of course, not go around changing them on a weekly basis.
              There just isn’t room in the kitchen of the new place for a dishwasher. Been there, installed a counter-top dishwasher before. There isn’t room. If there was, I’d probably have installed one already.

  2. darrelle
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I would like to find a fox kit in my dishwasher.

  3. Merilee
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 4:52 pm | Permalink


  4. Billy Bl.
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    That beats the possum on top of my refrigerator. A broom was also my tool of choice.

  5. Michael Waterhouse
    Posted June 9, 2016 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Survives ‘brush’ with death. Ha ha.
    (I think)

  6. barn owl
    Posted June 10, 2016 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    All of my dogs have performed the “pre-wash” cycle for the dishwasher, if I fail to close the door when there are dirty dishes inside. Perhaps this behavior has ancient canine origins.

    • Merilee
      Posted June 10, 2016 at 7:47 am | Permalink

      Feline as well

  7. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted June 11, 2016 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Bottom shelf ; next to the blue (fish?) cutting board, there is a glass (mixing jug?) with milky residue around it’s inside base.
    I deduce that the machine hadn’t been operated since that item was loaded. I think it implausible that the machine was loaded without noticing the fox cub.
    See comments up-thread about dishwashers being full of interesting smells.

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