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I went back a month after our initial sighting of Bella and Salty to see how their kits were doing, and was overjoyed to find all 5 kits had survived and were growing up fast. 3 red morphs and 2 black morph. Here’s Bella giving a bit of extra tender moments to her youngest.
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Nickname: Bella with her kits
Age: approx 2 years of age with approx 8 weeks old kits.
Character: cautious, graceful, amazing mother
Date: May 2018 r#natgeoyourshot

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Bella with her youngest in spring 2018

The kits are born with dark fur with white tail tip and blue grey eyes. At 5-6weeks their adult fur begin to grow in, giving us a hint as to what colour morph they will become. Red Fox have a wide range of colour morphs, we’ve observed colours from Red, black, brown black, silver grey, tan, lt. beige to inbetween.

We had observed Bella to be a wonderful mother, most gentle with her runts of all the females we’ve seen. She’d pay extra attention to the smallest/youngest whenever it was called for. Watching her give unconditional love was such a gift ❤️
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Nickname: Bella with her kit
Age: approx 2 years of age with 5-6 week old kits.
Character: cautious, graceful, amazing mother
Date: April 2018 r#natgeoyourshot @wildlife.hd @wildlifeplanet

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N.A. Red Fox: Male – Salty

In spring of 2017, we went back to see if we could find Salty and observe his life in the wild, to see how he fared after a winter, possibly his first… We managed to spot him out hunting for rabbits and voles with a couple of hours. Later that day we saw his mate for the season, a beautiful vixen whom I nicknamed Bella.

I began to observe their personalities and body featured to help me better recognise/I’d them in the field and in photos.

Salty has a slightly rounder, shorter jaw, with his upper canines peeking through just a bit to make him look like he has a cute over bite. He likes to sit and watch people. His facial fur colouration is also distinctive, which helps to I’d from another red rox. A highly curious affable fox. He unfortunately will go up to cars where there are humans to look for handouts, which means people have been feeding them. I’ve seen him walk into the road waiting for cars to drive by… I worry for the day some doesn’t see him or gets spooked and it will incur or kill him.
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No matter how many signage there are, a few people defy this for their own selfish reasons of feeling fun to feed or bait a fox for photo ops. Feeding them habituate them to not work hard to hunt and be well fed, wanting unhealthy human food, and being less afraid of humans and running into roadways, many young adult foxes have been killed on the road due this behaviour caused by humans.
Please think beyond your own moment of satisfaction, think about how your actions will change them and affect them and their safety.
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North American Red Fox – Red morph
Sex: Male/Dog
Nickname: Salty
Age: approx 1-2 years of age, young adult
Character: chill, curious, & cheeky
Date: April 2017

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Then on the morning after our very first sighting of Salty back in 2016, we stopped by for one last peek before making our way home, and who should show up trotting by and coming up close to me once again, Salty. Thanks for saying hello Mr Salty 🦊.
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North American Red Fox – Red morph
Sex: Male/Dog
Nickname: Salty
Age: approx 1-2 years of age, young adult
Character: chill, curious, & cheeky
Date: Sept 2016 @wildlife__perfectio @wildlifeplanet @wildlife.hd