When we first discovered the den we could hear small noises coming from beneath the boards so we knew she had little ones. This past 10 days or so we’ve been treated to glimpses of these little grey balls of fur as they make their first trips into the outside world.
Their mom “Red” is constantly on the go, hunting for both herself and her brood. Gerry counted 6 pups — a lot of mouths to feed. She has hunted out all the mice and voles in our yard and is now forced to travel further afield.
The morning I took these pics (May 16) Gerry and I were working in the yard when Red left on the hunt again — she seemed to have no worries about leaving her young tumbling about on the moss while we were only 20 or 30 feet away. I think we have passed the test and are now fox-accredited babysitters!
When I was looking for information on foxes on the web, we were fortunate to discover a wonderful resource — Fox Wood Wildlife Rescue, Inc — in New York State. Elise Able is the contact person and seems to have a heart big enough to include domestic animals as well as wild ones. Her blog has some interesting stories about foxes and coyotes along with pictures. The May 4th entry of her blog includes a close-up of a fox pup and an interesting story about orphaned pups.