We saw foxes last year and they are back again – a new generation. Just behind our house is a den that hosts a family of seven: Mother, Father, and five fox kits. Here are a few of the moments we’ve witnessed over the past couple of weeks:
On one of the first warm mornings of spring, mother fox nurses her kits in the sun.
The kits play near the den’s entrance when their parents are out of sight.
They bother each other…
…but stick together.
When they rest in the sun, one always keeps watch.
As they get grow, they stalk prey, real and imagined.
When they hunt they look like cats, but sometimes they act more like puppies.
Father fox just after he dropped a large squirrel at the base of the tree.
The kits learn fast – the next evening, they caught their own dinner (looks like a vole).
And they walk toward the camera a little bit more every day – but don’t worry, it’s a zoom lens and they’re still plenty far away. We have to remind ourselves how important it is to give wild things plenty of space, even if they do look like they want to cuddle!
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