• Marina


The UK looks like one big zoo for animals, where they come to see humans. My English friends constantly upload photos of foxes, badgers, squirrels, herons, swans, parrots, frogs and even deer. And they don’t travel to the edge of earth to do so, animals come to their own houses and gardens. 

Hyde Park in London was the first time I had ever seen a fox. It was the end of the day, I was sitting on a bench, eating rice from my thermos when suddenly I noticed a little moving shadow behind trees. I thought it was a stray dog, but soon a little beautiful fox appeared right in front of me.

I was so surprised, I almost dropped my thermos and was afraid to scare off the animal.  Meanwhile, the fox wasn’t as impressed: she sniffed air to check out if I had some nice food. Rice wasn't to her tastes and, disappointed, she walked away in a calm, relaxed manner

It was shocking to me, because I grew up in a village and had never seen a fox! There was cows and pigs, but never forest animals, despite being surrounded by woodland. And here in the centre of London, a wild animal was walking so casually!

Sometimes I dream about living in England and drawing wild animals and birds in my imaginary garden. I know it’s never going to happen, but I enjoy the fantasy. Anyway, I can paint foxes from my head as well, hope you like my new work.

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