Bear and Wolf and Dog and Fox are all closely related.
It is tempting to imagine a common ancestor; bigger than Wolf but smaller than Bear.
But the official line has something much less rapacious originally slink down from the trees.
To replace what? The Dinosaurs whose more agile Brethren had taken to the air.
I wonder what Linnaeus would make of the Mister Fox procession, as it snakes its way through the alleys and walkways of the Saturday night revelers, inviting all in its wake.
“We saw Foxes!” says my companion.
Well, yes and no…
We saw something less and something more than Foxes…