Is the Capitol Hill fox moving up in the world of political real estate?
Back in January, social media was abuzz over a red fox lounging, hunting, and strolling the grounds of Capitol Hill. Everyone from tourists to White House staffers were quick to share images of the critter.
Fast-forward a few months and D.C.'s most celebrated furry animal (sorry Bo and Sunny!) is now enjoying an additional 15 minutes of fame thanks to an in-depth expose in, of all place, The Wall Street Journal. Why the sudden interest? The fox has apparently started calling the ground of the White House home - and in the process is raising all sorts of hell with security.
"The fox lacks the deference typically exhibited by White House guests," reports the WSJ. "He tore through the White House garden when it was left unattended during the shutdown. He graduated to tripping alarms in the middle of the night, napping wherever he pleases and generally living the high life on a campus overseen by dozens of highly trained Secret Service agents."
And just like a certain Fantastic Mr. Fox (smoothly voiced by George Clooney), groundskeepers are having a tough time encouraging this particular celebrity to leave.
"White House groundskeepers bought a handful of metal traps and scattered them around the complex, with no success. The idea of shooting him was never considered, officials say. Instead, the crew that tends the grounds at the White House spent hours plotting to lure him into the traps with rotting hunks of chicken, so they could relocate him some 3 miles south to a park along the Potomac River."