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Weaning of Red Fox Kits Nearing Completion

4-26 -17 red foxes nursingWhen Red Fox kits are about three weeks old they are introduced to solid food. Their mother’s milk continues to provide them with sustenance for several weeks more but it is increasingly fortified by prey that their parents catch. At about five weeks of age, just a week or so after the kits are seen above ground, the process of weaning begins. The mother physically prevents them from having access to her teats by lying down on her stomach or snapping at her kits if they attempt to nurse too often.

The kits in this photograph, taken on April 26 several years ago, are approximately two months old, enjoying what may be one of the last warm milk meals they will ever have.   Weaning is completed at about eight weeks or a little more, when the kits’ teeth have all come in.

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8 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    Babies of any species, just love Mommy’s yummy warm milk! I

    April 26, 2017 at 7:29 am

  2. Kathie Fiveash

    That vixen looks about ready to be DONE. Her coat so scruffy and her gaze so long-suffering. And those big babies!

    April 26, 2017 at 9:09 am

    • Sara Hart

      I was going to say the same thing.

      April 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

  3. Sue jukosky

    What a great picture. I am amazed at the pictures you get!

    April 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

  4. This vixen looks like nursing has taken its toll! There were days when I looked like that. 😉

    April 26, 2017 at 3:58 pm

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