October 06, 2021

Devil-May-Care or Crazy Like a Fox?


Devil-May-Care or Crazy Like a Fox?

“We did not have a fox in the monastery, definitely not ours, but it’s probably someone’s pet. They write that someone [at the monastery] was scared, but the fox was the most scared of all – a hundred people chased after her with their phones; she is the main victim.”

– A resident of the Srtensky Monastery in Moscow speaking to Russia’s news service RIA Novosti

On September 28, a sleek young fox was seen flitting around the territory of Moscow’s Srtensky Monastery. Monks claimed that the fox had been “running the show” since that morning and terrorizing parishioners, so the priests called the city’s Ministry of Emergency Situations to come haul off the little red scare.

Telegram channel Baza published a video of three responders attempting to corral the beast. It had made its way up to a higher floor of the monastery, where it flitted along an exterior ledge, scurried partway up a wall as a rescuer attempted to capture it by its neck scruff, then evaded capture as it made its way around the side of the building.

It is unknown whether the fox has been apprehended, but the lost little devil was surely having one hell of a time.

 

 

 

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