A big, healthy fox.
He was sniffing at the BBQ grills and boxes of charcoal on the front door step.
I've heard that there are sometimes foxes in Tenjinyama Park, the Hiragishi Cemetary and the Toyohira River area...but I never expected to see one right here in my garden.
My cats were still outside and I went down to rescue them, because foxes can kill cats.
Popo-chan actually CHASED the fox. He got a big surprise when the fox turned around and growled at him! He chases the neighborhood dogs down the street - but they are mostly old and tired and on leads. This "dog" turned round and growled.
We picked up Popo-chan and turned on the garden hose to drive away the fox.
Sapporo is a big city, but nature is living here...living and growling!