The fox den that I followed last year seemed vacant, with just the odd sign of life, as if maybe one fox was visiting from time to time. But today I dropped by, and as I arrived, one adult fox was just disappearing into the den. I sat down to see what might happen, and almost immediately the male fox arrived carrying a large rabbit, which he thoughtfully, he thought, dropped into the den.
2. Like any male would, he felt naturally quite pleased with himself. [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GAgJaE]IMGL7697 Dad Red Fox by Ian Murray, on Flickr
3. However, the female had other ideas. Apparently she felt the den was cluttered and crowded enough, and she immediately came out of the den, dragging the rabbit with her. Here's Mom removing the rabbit. Look at the look of total disappointment on the male. [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GAgBX9]IMGL7702 Mom removing the rabbit that Dad just brought into the den by Ian Murray, on Flickr
4. The male took off, and the female stood and watched as he did.... [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/FPakJk]IMGL7737 Momma Red Fox by Ian Murray, on Flickr
5. Then Mom called the babies out. It may well have been their first time outside, they didn't even see me there, being focussed on each other and Mom. [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GGeXYo]IMGL7754 Baby Red Foxes by Ian Murray, on Flickr
6. The babies aren't even red yet, they still have a chocolaty brown colour. They'll turn red a bit later. [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Gjq8xE]IMGL7781 Baby Red Foxes by Ian Murray, on Flickr
7. I saw 3 kits. There may be more, but that's all I saw. [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GjpVUQ]IMGL7813 by Ian Murray, on Flickr
8. Mom is tired from bringing mice already. She took a breather as I sat there. [IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GJuUDp]IMGL7833 Momma Red Fox relaxing by Ian Murray, on Flickr
I'm already looking forward to an interesting summer!