Returning from a weekend away I found Fred stinking of fox spray with a fox poo on top of him, stranded, motionless, in the middle of the lawn.
Worse still was that the low voltage cable which connects Fred’s charging station to the mains had been dragged out onto the lawn where it had been run over by Fred and severed.
I know foxes are clever but are they clever enough to figure out that Fred depended for his vitality on the low voltage cable?
Could a fox have deduced that getting Fred to cut his own cable would constitute robotic hari kari?
Then I wondered at the sequence of events.
I understand that a fox, being very territorial, would resent the presence of a creature trundling up and down its territory.
So did it first spray Fred to demonstrate to Fred that Fred was trespassing on his territory?
And when Fred ignored the warning did the fox then deposit a poo on it?
And, when that failed, did the fox drag out the low voltage cable and get Fred to run over it, sever it, and run out of juice?
Or did the fox get Fred to sever the cable first, with the fox then celebrating Fred’s immobility by spraying on him and adding the final gratuitous insult of the poo?
I don’t know.
Suffice it to say I spliced the LV cable and re-connected Fred’s charging station to the mains.
All that happened was Fred’s display flashed on and off.
So I rang Flymo who, incredibly kindly, sent me, gratis, a new LV cable and transformer.
I don’t understand why a new cable, rather than a spliced cable and why a new transformer were necessary, but they did the job.
And Fred now rides again. Here he goes:
And here is Fred returning to his charger base: