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Three-legged an­i­mal takes news­pa­pers from dis­abil­ity group

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Three-legged an­i­mal takes news­pa­pers from dis­abil­ity group.

“For him to be dis­abled and for him to be steal­ing our news­pa­pers, we can see the irony in that.” Mar­sha Car­roll, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, P.E.I. Coun­cil of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties

In an­other fox-steal­ing-news­pa­per story, this time with a twist, the P.E.I. Coun­cil of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties had its pa­pers taken last week by a fox with just three legs.

“For him to be dis­abled and for him to be steal­ing our news­pa­pers, we can see the irony in that,” said Mar­sha Car­roll, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the coun­cil.

It hap­pened just once, she said. The coun­cil of­fice didn’t get its usual two news­pa­pers, but af­ter be­ing as­sured by The Guardian that the pa­pers were in­deed de­liv­ered, coun­cil staff got to think­ing what could have hap­pened.

That same day the story broke of a fox ap­pear­ing on a se­cu­rity cam­era tak­ing news­pa­pers de­liv­ered to Strat­ford El­e­men­tary School, so a coun­cil staff mem­ber went out­side to in­ves­ti­gate.

“She went around the back of the build­ing and she found one of the news­pa­pers, all torn up and shred­ded,” said Car­roll. “You could see his lit­tle teeth marks in it.”

The coun­cil of­fice is lo­cated in a retail mall next to the APM head­quar­ters build­ing on the Lower Malpeque Road.

“We have watched (the fox) around here for years,” said Car­roll.

“We al­ways thought it was funny that he lived around here be­cause he was three-legged and this is where our of­fice is.

“We al­ways keep an eye out for him be­cause he’s vul­ner­a­ble,” said Car­roll.

“When­ever any­body sees him, we tell each other so we are al­ways glad he is still around and still alive.”

The Guardian’s cir­cu­la­tion depart­ment gets re­ports of foxes tak­ing news­pa­pers a few times ev­ery year, says staff mem­ber Ann Won­na­cott.

“We have had calls from peo­ple who have ac­tu­ally sat at their win­dows and saw foxes com­ing along and tak­ing their pa­pers,” she said.

“I be­lieve the foxes are us­ing them to put in their den,” said Won­na­cott with a laugh. “Daddy has to have some­thing to read while mommy is hav­ing the ba­bies.”

Foxes don’t just take news­pa­pers, said Won­na­cott.

“We also get calls from peo­ple say­ing they see foxes pee­ing on their news­pa­pers or fly­ers. I don’t know if peo­ple tick them off or what.”

The same goes for skunks as cus­tomers re­port see­ing them pee­ing on pa­pers, too, said Won­na­cott.

Cus­tomers with such wildlife prob­lems get ei­ther a fresh pa­per de­liv­ered right away or get a credit for a pa­per on their ac­count, she said.

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