A woman let a wild fox climb onto her shoulders and chew her ponytail while sitting on her own doorstep.
Elaine McCreadie is used to being visited by the creature – which she has named Sake – whenever she returns home after looking after her horse in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
When the 50-year-old pulled into her driveway, she sat down with the fox like usual but was surprised when it started climbing on her shoulders.
As she started filming the encounter, Sake suddenly started sniffing her blonde hair before gnawing on her ponytail until Elaine’s husband Stevie walked out of the front door.
After Elaine shared her footage on social media, most were amazed by what they saw though some feared interacting with a wild animal in this way could put it at risk.
However she defended her clip, claiming that the encounters are instigated by the fox and that she would never allow it in her house.
Elaine said: “This was the first time Sake has played with my hair like that. She will sit with me regularly but she had never climbed on me before.
“She had her paws on my shoulders just before she started chewing my ponytail.
“She does gnaw at my slippers when she’s sat with me and I did worry she might do the same to my hair but she didn’t.
“She’s very tame. She has been coming to our house for years. I think we first saw her four ago when she was a cub, however, since 2019 she’s been here regularly.
“Every night she appears when I come back from looking after my horse at the yard. It’s almost as if she knows when my car is going to turn up at home.”
argued that interacting with a fox like this could put it at risk.
One person said: “Please don’t encourage this. Let wild animals retain their wariness. Not all humans are nice.”
Another commenter said: “As much I would just love this to happen to me (and I am a bit jealous) it does make me uneasy how tame she is.
“I’m rural and guess this is an urban fox who seems to be happier to be around humans.”
In response, Elaine said: “I would not recommend trying to befriend a fox. She is very tame with me but she did most of the heavy work by approaching me.
“She’s also not allowed in the house as she will spray everywhere, like she does when she’s marking her territory outside.
“She is happy to touch you but isn’t keen on being touched. Sometimes she’ll let me play with her tail but not for too long.
“I don’t believe in leaving food out for them but whenever I do see her, I will give her something, whether it’s cat food or something else.
“She seems to be used to human interaction now. She will take food from your hands with no fear whatsoever. She isn’t scared when we have visitors in the garden either.
“If we spot her in the bushes carrying something, we will call her and she will happily walk over to us and show what she has in her mouth.”