Roman Wildlife

Having lived in Ottawa, I know that it is not uncommon to have to share the city with wild animals. Small ones like skunk, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and geese were all common sights in my front yard. Larger ones, like the deer I hit with my van a block from home, were not seen as often, but still there.


Can you see the fox by the water? I missed it at first.

So I was not surprised to see an assortment of birds (including a parrot) when I walked through a park in Rome earlier this week. I wasn’t expecting to see much else though – animals tend to stay away from humans if they can, and the park was packed with people enjoying the sunshine on Easter Monday.

My first thought was that the dog-like creature was just that – a dog. Closer examination though shows it to be a fox.

I don’t understand. This is Rome, where do the foxes fit in? I know my history/mythology. Rome was founded in 753 B.C. by twin brothers, Romulus and Remus, children abandoned by their parents who were suckled by a wolf. If tourist authorities stocked the parks with wolves for the tourists I would understand, The fox probably doesn’t have any official status. The swans didn’t seem too worried about him or her though.



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