Throughout London there have been reports of foxes engaging in increasingly risky behaviour, from hiding under beds to popping into peoples’ houses carefree, much to the anger and dismay of many residents. Others, however are choosing to embrace these creatures of the night as part of the community, with one fox getting so comfortable in a gated community that the residents of the neighbourhood had to have a vote to decide to allow him to stay, resulting in a landslide victory for the pro fox camp – a testimony to society’s increasing affection for these creatures.
It is certain that the population is getting riled by the foxes due to their often disruptive nature, with their bizarre habits perplexing most. That being said, one must admire their tenacity as hardy survivors able to adapt to London’s rapidly changing landscape. Additionally, their contribution to the field of animal psychology is nothing short of impressive – in my opinion.
Formally trained in zoology and psychology, Dr Morton is an early-career lecturer specialising in animal psychology. He publishes in world-leading journals for animal behaviour and cognition, and his work garners major global media attention, including the BBC, The Guardian, TIME, and National Geographic.
Since 2018, he has been studying the behaviour and problem-solving abilities of wild carnivores, including raccoons in the United States, and foxes and badgers in the United Kingdom. The primary goal of his research is to understand what factors drive behavioural adaptability in animals, which is important for understanding the past, present, and future of species in an ever-changing world.
Read Isabelle Aron’s article Are London’s foxes getting bolder? In Time Out here.