George McLean photos
Our friend the Medford wildlife photographer, George McLean, reports a story of love and loss he witnessed last weekend at Mount Auburn Cemetery:
“I received a call at 8 a.m. on Saturday: There was an injured female fox at Mount Auburn and the mate is right next to her. I got there from Medford in 15 minutes. The fox was lying on the ground next to what I think was a den, and her mate was standing by her.
“I started taking photos of this very sad sight. She was not moving, and it looked like she had been hit by a car and dragged herself to close proximity of her den. I took 50 or so pictures from about 25 feet away.
“The one photo that will not go out of my mind is when he slowly walked over to her and nudged her, and backed up a little . He then put his nose into her face and held it a minute. I swear he was kissing her goodbye. (click). I had tears in my eyes, it was so moving.
“He finally moved to higher ground, but kept watching. He barked repeatedly at us, then looked down at her and left slowly, looking over his shoulder.
“After trying several numbers, Al the security guard finally got through to animal rescue. The lady who came said she was so bad off, it was likely she would be put down. She was, by the Animal Rescue League of Boston. There is beauty in this world, and sadness.”
On a happier note, the young hawk who got into a scuffle with his father appears no worse for the wear:
(Above) "This beautiful mature, broad-shouldered Red-tail Hawk is named 'Hamlet.' He has successfully fathered the last two years of youngsters at Mount Auburn. He is also the dad that chastised his son severely for being in the wrong area.
"I am happy to say I found the young hawk (left) with help from my friend Al the security guard. who is very knowledgeable about all the animals in Mount Auburn if you need help.
"The young hawk was taking a bath in Auburn lake as I showed up, then he flew a few feet above my head to a tree branch, showering me at the same time. he looked good, no signs of blood or any disability.
"I then looked a while for Ruby crowned Kinglets Al had spotted at Auburn lake. The young hawk flew to another tree and watched the birds at the feeder [his favorite spot]."