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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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After my first sighting of Salty in the fall of 2016, I was fuelled up in wanting to follow and learn as much as I could about Red Foxes and observe them in the wild. I had done a fair bit of research to learn about when they tend to have young and calculated when I would likely to see young kits first coming out of their dens. I was rewarded for my research.

After we took a break from observing Salty on this visits first morning, we went to a different spot to give privacy back to where he was. We didn’t want to be too much of a distraction to his life.
After hunkering down in a new spot (somewhat camouflaged), we quietly waited. After maybe an half hour we were treated to seeing this from a safe distance, a vixen, who I named Bella, with her 4-5 weeks old kits popping out of what looked like a rabbit den ❤️. I was elated. Our safe distance had allowed mom to feel safe and allow kits to come out with any distress to go about their daily lives.
We also witnessed Salty coming by with a fresh kill, a rabbit, which was stored down into another den entrance just beside, there seemed to be a food cache there – more to research… This would my first time learning that these fox would often share the same den area with rabbits. Such a unique coexistence. When the fox kits went back down into the den and mom left to hunt, the rabbits would come out of the other den entrances, part of the same den network. They would sit right he their entrance and watch or feed close by. When the fox came close, they’d duck right back down to safety.
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Nickname: Bella with her kits
Age: approx 2 years of age with 4-5 week old kits.
Character: cautious, graceful, amazing mother
Date: April 2017

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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

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#1 – Why did the fox cross the road?
#2 – to say ‘Hello, I’m here.’ ‘Will you feed me?’ ‘No?… Fine.’ and… ‘Letting you know who’s boss here.’
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Down memory lane… Back to the day I first encountered a North American red fox whom I nicknamed ‘Salty’ back in 2016, and would come to observe him and his mates for the years that followed. It’s been a wonderful love affair to have the privilege to observe and understand their behaviours, habitat, struggles, and each to their characters.

He zeroed in on us and came right to us when we had not expected it as it was out first time observing foxes in the wild. Patience paid off. HE saw us. By the time we spotted his movement he was less than 30-40ft away. We stood very still, whispering our amazement that he seemed to be headed right towards us and waited. He checked us out from across the road, then hopped over the shirt fence and walked right in front of our parked car, where I was standing with the camera. He watched me while he crossed, then decided to show me whose territory it was, then hopped over the fence and proceeded towards folks further down who were barbecuing. We could only hope they didn’t feed or bait him.
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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

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I find myself from time to time wondering about Bella’s (pic 1 & 3) fox kits when the seasons change or when we have more extreme weather… wondering if they are ok, wondering who will remain after this oncoming winter, wishing wellness for the mom too.
This little one we nicknamed Butch (short for the butcher) in pic 2 as he was the dominant one always grabbing the fresh kill it’s mother would bring back. It would run around with the bunny and then find one of the den holes to go into and stash it or gnaw into proper pieces, throwing out the non edible parts.

My last trip to observe them was towards end of July, and I only spotted Bella by her lonesome self, as pictured in 1 & 3, waiting by the roadside for both social interaction and to beg for food. If you ever see any foxes up close, please don’t feed them, don’t even bait them. A couple of her kits were found dead by this very area the week before, too curious and tempted by human intervention. The two had been struck by a car, as they must have been lingering and hadn’t learned the dangers of the road yet. I believe the pair to be the siblings whom were inseparable (pic 4, 5, 6), and it was a very sad realization to have, seeing and hearing about the impact some thoughtless humans had on these beautiful creatures

8 wks old Fox Kits

8 wks old Fox Kits

It was a gorgeous long weekend full of sunshine, which inadvertently made it a challenge to photograph wildlife with the harsher lighting, whilst the weather made it a spectacular introduction to wildlife/fox photography for a friend of mine.

Regardless of the lighting challenges or sunstroke (lol…), it was a magical weekend of observing the daily lives of Salty & Bella, along with their seven kits.

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