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Turkey, anyone? How Red Fox Kits Entertain Themselves

5-14-14  red fox kit with turkey feather  147This two-month-old Red Fox kit (blue eyes turn brown after the age of two months) amused itself for several minutes with this Wild Turkey tail feather – tossing it up in the air, pouncing on it, chewing it and just carrying it around to impress/taunt its litter mates. Kits are old enough to spend much of their day above ground now and their antics are entertaining, to say the least. While parents are off during the day hunting and/or getting a rest from rambunctious offspring, said offspring amuse themselves by digging, scratching themselves, chasing each other, grooming themselves and chewing on any and everything, from sticks and leaves to the remains of past meals, such as feathers and bones.

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7 responses

  1. Adorable photograph. Love it:) So, so cute.

    May 14, 2014 at 11:58 am

  2. Love this Mary! You have captured playful spirit of spring wilderness!

    May 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  3. Great photo, Mary! Here is a delightful video showing the antics of fox kits. http://youtu.be/tcn5haJpKAQ

    May 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    • Eliza, that video is fantastic! I wasn’t sure if I saw a collar on one of the foxes (?)…loved the dog/fox play! Thank you so much.

      May 14, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      • You’re welcome. Yes, they did have collars. I think they were orphaned as kits, raised with dog as foster mom, then returned to the wild (this was in France, so laws may be more lax around raising wild animals?). They were fun to watch.

        May 15, 2014 at 1:30 am

  4. Jean Harrison

    Wonderful photo

    May 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm

  5. Exactly how our cats played with turkey feathers when they were young!

    May 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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