Saturday, June 4, 2016

Little Foxes

Lone fox

On the edges of the day we occasionally see foxes, usually one at a time, and briefly, before they melt back into the forest. 
I've always associated foxes with the wild, but, as I learned recently, they're pretty adaptable.

Fox mother and kit

My neighbor called the other day to tell me that they had a fox den with four young kits under their back porch
and asked if I'd like to come over and take pictures.

Does an ant like to go to a picnic?

Little fox

Fox kit

When I arrived, the mother fox was in the open, and her four kits emerged shortly after. 
The first one came out cautiously, peering up over the edge of the porch, and the others followed, tumbling over each other to get outside.

Mother fox and kits

They played much like puppies, chasing their tails, running and fighting and rolling in the grass.
Even on their second day out, they were little hunters. When the fireflies lit their lanterns, a kit jumped up and caught one. 

Female fox with kit

There were licking baths from Mom, which were not aways appreciated...

Female fox and kit

...and plenty of kisses, which were.

So far, the kits stay in their dens for most of the day, appearing in the late afternoon when their mother comes. 

Female fox and kit

All that play can tire a young kit out, and when it was nap time, they piled back into their den. 

Their mother retreated a short distance and watched attentively from behind an old bench, then curled up for a nap herself. 
All of that play supervision can be tiring, too.

I don't know what the kits dream of when they sleep the day away, 
but when my head hits the pillow tonight, 
I have a feeling I'll be dreaming of little foxes catching fireflies and playing under the stars.

There will be more pictures in the near future. 
I hope you'll be back to see them.

Linking with Saturday's Critters


eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, what a great photo op! The fox family is so cute! The babies are adorable. Awesome collection of photos.

Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

The Furry Gnome said...

What a fabulous group of pictures to capture!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Awesome captures! They're adorable critters.

Debbie said...

what sweet creatures!! you captures some tender moments!!!

Becky Baugh said...

That is the cutest thing I ever saw! Thank you Connie, I enjoyed that!

Sharon K said...

Wow! How fun.
What a sweet friend to think of you at this time. As always, a great collection of telling photos. Appreciate the look into your world. :)

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Wonderful photos! I am so glad that you showed them to us. The fox family is adorable.

Brian King said...

Wow! These are fantastic! How cool!

Faye said...

I'll add my Wow to the previous ones! What great photos! Not sure I've ever seen a gray fox in the wild. I have seen red ones.

Linda said...

Hello Connie, warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. Your photos are gorgeous and captivating! :)

Gayle atMuldoon said...

What cuties. So neat that they felt comfortable enough to have the den there.

Lady Fi said...

Wow wow wow - brilliantly captured!

Jeanne said...

Incredible shots! and what sweet interactions

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They sure are precious! I'm catching up with all of your fox photos!

Barb said...

I'm enjoying your fox shots.