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Jellicoe fox keeps munching on live extension cord

A furry, night-time visitor is creating problems for a woman in Greenstone this winter.
Fran Koning's car needs a boost in the cold weather. She had her car's block heater plugged in, but a fox has repeatedly chewed through the extension cord, leaving her car dead in the cold. (Supplied)

A northwestern Ontario woman says a furry, night-time visitor is creating problems for her this winter.

Fran Koning of Jellicoe – a community in the municipality of Greenstone – said a fox has chewed through the extension cord on her car's block heater three different times.
A fox continues to make this extension cord her favourite chew toy, a Jellicoe, Ont. homeowner says. (Supplied)

The last incident was on Thursday, when the windchill in Jellicoe was -50. 

Koning is mystified by the fox's behaviour, and said its mischief is "starting to get annoying." 

“I can't figure out why it hasn't got a burned mouth. And then today even, when I undid the extension cord, it sparked where it was chewed,” she said.

“I don't know why she is doing it and why she isn't dead.”
Fran Koning says a fox has chewed through the extension cord on her car's block heater three different times. (Supplied)

With the bitter cold and the block heater off-line because of the fox, her vehicle refused to start yesterday, Koning said.

She has seen the animal in her driveway at night, and speculates that it may be attracted to the humming sound coming from the cord, or its warmth.

The only way to foil the fox might be to run the wire through a pipe, Koning noted.

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