Foxy babies

A vixen moved into our back yard earlier this spring and took up residence in the space under the garden shed, where she gave birth to no fewer than eight babies (they’re impossible to count accurately, because they all look alike and they almost never hold still). We’ve been watching them grow up, and photographing them whenever possible. Here are a few baby pictures, plus one of the mama fox feeding her little ones. You can see from the pictures how the babies, which started out a dull grayish orange, are gradually changing to the brighter orange typical of the so-called red fox.

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  1. Violet

    Beautiful!!

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  2. That’s neat. And another good thing about it: I bet having them living under the shed keeps the skunks from setting up shop under there. They’re cute, too, but I’d rather have the foxes. 🙂

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    • Haha! We have had skunks living under the shed, but they’re not there now, thank goodness. The space was originally excavated by groundhogs some years ago. The groundhogs still live in the neighborhood, although I have no idea where. (There’s a wooded ravine behind the house, where all kinds of critters live.) One of the groundhogs actually picked a fight with some of the little foxes a few days ago — too bad we didn’t get pictures of it! The foxes got scared and scooted back into their den. I guess the groundhog won that round.

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  3. Here are a few pictures of our local groundhogs.


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