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Apr 30, 2016 15:35 |  #1

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.
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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GGft​E7  (external link) IMGL7669 Dad bringing a rabbit to the den (external link) by Ian Murray (external link), on Flickr
2. Like any male would, he felt naturally quite pleased with himself.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GAgJ​aE  (external link) IMGL7697 Dad Red Fox (external link) by Ian Murray (external link), 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.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GAgB​X9  (external link) IMGL7702 Mom removing the rabbit that Dad just brought into the den (external link) by Ian Murray (external link), on Flickr
4. The male took off, and the female stood and watched as he did....

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/FPak​Jk  (external link) IMGL7737 Momma Red Fox (external link) by Ian Murray (external link), 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.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GGeX​Yo  (external link) IMGL7754 Baby Red Foxes (external link) by Ian Murray (external link), on Flickr
6. The babies aren't even red yet, they still have a chocolaty brown colour. They'll turn red a bit later.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Gjq8​xE  (external link) IMGL7781 Baby Red Foxes (external link) by Ian Murray (external link), on Flickr
7. I saw 3 kits. There may be more, but that's all I saw.

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8. Mom is tired from bringing mice already. She took a breather as I sat there.

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I'm already looking forward to an interesting summer!

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Apr 30, 2016 15:47 |  #2

Great series!


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Apr 30, 2016 16:48 |  #3
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Just beautiful.




  
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Apr 30, 2016 16:50 |  #4

Good stuff.


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Apr 30, 2016 21:40 |  #5

Wonderful series, Ian. Thank you for sharing. I'm looking forward to watching the kits grow.


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May 01, 2016 00:37 |  #6

A great experience and photos. Glad you shared them wih us.




  
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May 01, 2016 00:45 |  #7

Wonderful storytelling and documentation.


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May 01, 2016 05:12 |  #8

Archibald wrote in post #17990799 (external link)
Great series!

John Koerner wrote in post #17990861 (external link)
Just beautiful.

Mel-S wrote in post #17990863 (external link)
Good stuff.

philk54 wrote in post #17991124 (external link)
Wonderful series, Ian. Thank you for sharing. I'm looking forward to watching the kits grow.

Jerry Coupe wrote in post #17991280 (external link)
A great experience and photos. Glad you shared them wih us.

Lupo-Lobo wrote in post #17991289 (external link)
Wonderful storytelling and documentation.

Thanks very much folks! It was a disppointment thinking the den was empty, and a real thrill to see the new family. :) . Now if I can watch the second den I've found as well, it will be a good summer!


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May 01, 2016 06:52 |  #9

Thats a beauty set Ian, thanks for sharing and keep us posted on them.


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May 01, 2016 08:16 |  #10

Well, there ya go.... lol


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May 01, 2016 09:15 |  #11

Fantastic!!!! Love it all!


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May 01, 2016 10:32 |  #12

budcam wrote in post #17991493 (external link)
Thats a beauty set Ian, thanks for sharing and keep us posted on them.

Thanks much Dan. Be careful what you ask for! :p

Pondrader wrote in post #17991547 (external link)
Well, there ya go.... lol

Exactly Jeff!!

ptcanon3ti wrote in post #17991608 (external link)
Fantastic!!!! Love it all!

Thanks Paul, much appreciated.


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May 01, 2016 18:14 |  #13

That's awesome, Ian! You must have been so excited. :-) I enjoyed last year's photos of your foxes, and look forward to more. Beautiful shots.


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May 01, 2016 20:50 |  #14

Great story and photos Ian! So who ended up with the rabbit?


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May 01, 2016 21:00 |  #15

Melissa6 wrote in post #17992250 (external link)
That's awesome, Ian! You must have been so excited. :-) I enjoyed last year's photos of your foxes, and look forward to more. Beautiful shots.

Thanks very much Melissa, stay tuned :)

SJC from VT wrote in post #17992409 (external link)
Great story and photos Ian! So who ended up with the rabbit?

Ha, the rabbit stayed just outside the den for a late meal. I left when the babies went back underground and Mom was resting. Thanks for commenting Sandy,


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