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A Busy First Month

We are seeing Red Fox kits above ground as they emerge from their den for the first time since birth, but much has transpired since they were born a month or so ago. Like other canids, including coyotes and wolves, their natal coat of fur was charcoal brown.  A new, second, coat of sandy-colored hair (that matches the sandy soil of the den site) has grown in, to be replaced again within the next two months by a brilliant red coat. The weaning process, which won’t be completed for some time, has begun by the time the kits venture above ground. Their eyes have opened (at 10-12 days), their first set of teeth has come in and they have established hierarchy among themselves.  Down in the den during the past month vicious fighting has taken place among the kits in order to determine which kit was “top dog,” or the alpha (usually the largest kit) and gets the lion’s share of the food delivered by the parents.

By the time we see Red Fox kits, much has happened in their young lives.  They’ve gained sight, a new coat, a set of teeth, the introduction of solid food, and most importantly, hierarchy has been established. Peace now reigns and we get to enjoy the kits’ playful antics as they are introduced to the world above ground.

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2 responses

  1. Alice

    Sure sounds like Mama Vixen has had her paws full for the past month, with her kits. What cuties!

    April 26, 2021 at 8:31 am

  2. Do foxes make dens in the forest? I imagine them making dens in or near rocky outcrops at the top of long neglected fields, but there can’t be too many of those places around. What types of areas have people seen fox dens?

    April 26, 2021 at 12:46 pm

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