The spy fox
H. A. R. [KIM] PHILBY wrote ‘A Fox that Came to Stay’ (in his Beirut residence) a month before he fled to Moscow. His essay was in a tradition that regularly saw letters about foxes, badgers and other unusual animals kept as pets. ‘We first saw her at the age of about four weeks. She was already looking pronouncedly foxy, with a long snout ending in a polished black nose, huge ears and a gracefully curving brush.
‘She was friendly and playful, flopping after us and chewing our shoes. The first thing that struck us was that she proved astonishingly easy to teach, certainly easier than the average puppy.
‘She has discovered whisky, by leaping onto the bar, breaking a bottle and lapping up the contents. She also likes sucking the stem of a pipe’ (December 6, 1952).