This morning, when I went to collect the eggs from the chicken coop, I found that a small fox had broken in and killed four chickens. The really strange thing is that the fox was also lying in the coop, dead, right next to a hen with her head bitten off. I’m completely baffled, but also unsure as to what to do with this little dead creature that I have on the back table now. I have a book with instructions for tanning fox pelts, which might be a nice way to save part of this animal instead of just leaving it for the vultures, but it also reminds me of the dogs, and I’m hesitant to take a knife to it and start peeling off its skin. Maybe a burial in the backyard with the four dead chickens is more in order.