It’s not every day that we have a connection with George Clooney and a celebrated author but today is one such day! The link may be a little tenuous but it’s timing could not be more appropriate because this month the world of literature celebrates the birth centenary of author Roald Dahl.
Amongst Dahl’s many, popular books is Fantastic Mr. Fox whose popularity grew exponentially when it was made into a movie in 2009 by Wes Anderson. It was George Clooney who provided the voice of Mr. Fox.
The screenplay expanded on the original story, introduced new scenes and increased the role of some of the characters. One example is the villainous Rat who has a minor role in the book but in the movie is a key protagonist who ends up getting zapped by an electric fence.
The book and the movie are well known to the families of our staff here in our Stirling Head Office but we never expected to have a connection until last week when something very unusual happened.
Our factory and office premises are protected by an integrated security system which includes an electric security fence. Beyond the perimeter boundary, about half a mile away, is open farmland. The busy road that cuts in between and the constant traffic of people and vehicles to/from our premises, however, lends the impression of being in a city rather than the countryside. It’s certainly always a hive of activity here. You can therefore imagine the surprise when a member of staff glanced out of their office window and saw a fox!
The fox was not hiding or running away. It didn’t appear in the least afraid. Quite the contrary, it lay on the grass and stared up at the window with an inquisitive expression.
The fox watched for a few moments and then got to its feet, moving forward to take a closer look at the smiling human who by now had swapped a cappuccino for a camera!
Other members of staff were alerted and came to the window.
Then someone said “It’s Fantastic Mr. Fox! He’s come to check out our electric fence!”
The fox then left but returned a few days later. Why and what for we don’t know. There is no source of food in the direct vicinity so perhaps he was just looking for Rat after all!
Whatever the reason, we have peace of mind that if he returns he will not be harmed by the fence. Its method of operation (non-lethal classification) ensures his safety. No nasty shocks for him. Perhaps he knows that and we’ll see him again soon. After all, they don’t call a fox ‘wily’ for nothing!