Fox Pup

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Been spying on the red fox family for around six weeks now. Four pups or ‘kits’ this year. They usually move between two or three times each denning season. This is at den #2. Moved here on 5/5 from #1 where they were birthed. Mama not physically up for shedding yet, but Papa showing patches of black as he changes his coat. He’s a stellar babysitter and wrassles with pups, then promptly sneaks off to his secret napping spot when his mate returns from her hunt before heading out himself. Constant foraging is the name of the game this time of year. To keep track of the areas they have recently covered, a fox will drip urine every minute! Another groovy fact is that they are one of the fastest land mammals, easily outrunning wolves, coyotes and naughty dogs in spurts of 45 mph! This is Rolly. He was chilling outside the den when I snuck up close in wet leaves with the wind in my favor. Put phone up to neighbor’s scope, then slipped out undetected. Was surprised with this focused shot. Ruthie, Rupert and Rosie must have been inside. Life is sweet.

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