The Travels of Tug 44

Red Fox

Driving down a quiet dirt road in Fort Edward, I spotted this female Red Fox near some brush about 50 yards from the road. It looked like she was playing, but she was hunting mice in the tall grass.   high-res

When I clicked the shutter for the previous picture, she heard it, and turned to look at me.   high-res

And then ... to my amazement ... she came trotting over to my car to check me out!   high-res

She trotted all the way around my car and then back up the road. Here is Momma Red Fox as she passed my car window! Note there is a nipple visible just back of her front leg, so we know she's female and has babies (Kits) somewhere nearby.   high-res

I did not see Momma red Fox again the next few weeks, but I received reports of another Red Fox den at the Willard Mountain ski area, so I took a drive over there and found a Kit playing in an old hollow log. The Kit is chewing on something, probably a bit of left-over Possum. Red Foxes are known to leave the left-overs hidden for future meals.   high-res

As I walked closer, the Kit came out of the hollow log and posed for this photo!   high-res

Then a second Red Fox Kit came out and they both posed for me.   high-res

And suddenly there were 6 Red Fox Kits in sight, and they were all playing and hopping on each other just as puppies or kittens might do.   high-res

Their Mom was out hunting so there was nobody to bark an alarm so I was able to get within 25 feet of the little cuties. Eventually one of the Kits barked an alarm and they all dove for the nearest hole. There were 4-5 holes in their play area, all leading to a central chamber where they are safe from predators.   high-res

And a few weeks later at the Fox den in Fort Edward, I spotted Mom and about 5 Kits playing in the sun.   high-res

Here's Momma red Fox, showing off her 1980s "big hair", as she played with and groomed her babies.   high-res

Baby Red Foxes sure do like cuddling when they are tired after playing ... which gave Mom another chance to groom them.   high-res

This was one of the smaller Kits from the Willard Mountain Red Fox den. This one needs a good grooming, but Mom will return home soon to get em cleaned up. Yep, this is a cuteness overload!   high-res

April 2017, we spotted the Fort Edward Red Fox family again, and wow have they grown. This is one of the Kits, and he's a lot bigger and the reddish colors have come in.   high-res

The baby Foxes were running around and chasing each other and piling into balls.   high-res

The entire time, Momma Red Fox was grooming her little ones. They always need their faces washed just like any kids. But she always kept a close eye on me. :)   high-res

The Red Fox, what a beautiful and cuddly family!

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