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Red Fox Mother Grooming Kits

5-17-13 red fox mother grooming kit IMG_4410With all the romping around that they do this time of year, red fox kits manage to get all kinds of leaves, sticks and burrs caught in their fur. It’s a daily battle to keep the kits’ fur from matting, but their mother rises to the occasion and spends hours a day grooming each of her kits. She grabs hold of the burr or other foreign matter with her teeth, slowly pulls it out of the kit’s fur and then spits it out. As you can see, the kits tolerate these sessions with great patience.

5 responses

  1. Kathie Fiveash

    I do the same for my very appreciative and long-suffering dog! When I find a tick sher always wants to smell it.

    May 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

  2. Absolutely wonderful!

    May 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm

  3. A real family photo!

    May 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm

  4. Mary that is one nice capture! I really love behavior photography, and it’s really difficult to capture, well done.

    May 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

  5. Susan Holland

    I love this photograph! Your followers do know about Ferdinand, don’t they? A fantastic book of Mary’s photographs of the fox family.

    May 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm

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