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Red Fox Kits Emerging From Den & Growing New Coat

4-15-19 red fox kit IMG_7280After spending their first five weeks under the ground, young red foxes get big and brave enough to come out and see the world for the first time. The gray coat which they have had since birth will soon be replaced by a sandy-colored coat. This second coat matches the sandy soil outside of the den and thus helps camouflage them. A third reddish coat, the adult coat and one for which they are named, grows in when they are about three months old. (Note white hind foot on this wild red fox kit.)

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9 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    That’s a cutie! Enjoy the spring weather, little kit! Have fun learning!

    April 19, 2019 at 8:09 am

  2. Marilyn

    Aww, so cute!

    April 19, 2019 at 8:12 am

  3. Bill on the hill

    …Beautiful photograph Mary. No white sox, just the (1) white foot? Isn’t nature fascinating!
    Be well.

    April 19, 2019 at 8:19 am

  4. What a wonderful photo! I am so curious about how in the world you got this shot…??

    April 19, 2019 at 8:52 am

    • Hi Dell, I heard about a den of foxes, staked myself out and just waited for the kits to appear. My telephoto lens makes it look like I’m closer than I am!

      April 19, 2019 at 9:43 am

      • Thanks, Mary! How cool! And how remarkable – I love having an image of the patience and skill and field knowledge you bring to this Naturally Curious project. (Of course, you have a whole batch of equally remarkable and adorable photos in your book, Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer! As I look at it with my granddaughters, I am filled with wonder, trying to imagine how you captured the amazing shots in that and your other kids’ books. I am so grateful that you have taken on the commitment to share your gifts as a naturalist with all of us curious folks!)

        April 19, 2019 at 10:41 am

    • The kit on today’s post is in the book you mention, Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer. Look for a photo of the kit with a white hind foot!

      April 19, 2019 at 10:48 am

      • Aha! No wonder it looked so familiar!

        April 19, 2019 at 2:13 pm

  5. Shirley Weinberg

    Thanks. That’s so cute. They spend a great deal of energy mMAKING FUR. Seems inefficient unless necessary for disguise purpose in sequential mini environments.


    April 19, 2019 at 4:47 pm

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