This was the arrival of the red fox at the den. The den entrance is triangular in the far right of the photo.
Then, the fox started to go in!
This was the furthest into the den that he ever was. You can see his tail and butt - and that's all. The cave is not huge so I'm guessing that he was face to face with the sow.
I was terrified that the fox would back out of the den with a cub in his mouth but he didn't. He backed away and then stood stock still, thinking. Soon thereafter, he departed.
Thank goodness that they both survived the fox's visit. Here's a photo of the family from later in the spring of 2016. Seeing the love of the sow for her cubs is breath-taking.
I have the fox's visit in a video. You can watch the video here or at Youtube.
Because sows have cubs every two years, this sow should be escorting cubs around our area this spring!
Happy Wildlife Monday!
not a very sensible fox, he could have had his head slapped off. so glad the cubs survived. i could hear them in the video...ReplyDelete
That fox is pushing it's luck just a bit!ReplyDelete
Whew talk about an uninvited guest!! Hikes...ReplyDelete
Hugs madi and mom
I too was thinking the fox was either very brave - or a total nitwit! YAM xx
That is one very bold fox! He could have been lunch for mama and her cubs!ReplyDelete
That fox was brave.And this year, I wonder what will be in that den once again.ReplyDelete
First the fox was very cautious, then very brave, and finally very wise:) We hope you find some cute cubs to show us again this year.ReplyDelete
Now that is super interesting. What a gutsy fox!ReplyDelete
Now we understand where the saying, "Crazy as a Fox" comes from. :-). Very cool footage!!ReplyDelete
Bears make good momsReplyDelete
Wow, we had no idea a fox would chance messing with a bearReplyDelete
Hazel & Mabel
OMD, that was amazin'! That fox has got balls man! The cubs are just too adorables! and noooooisy! heheheeeReplyDelete
It looks like she had her paws full with those two! :) That fox went in further than I thought it might, I'd say he was lucky to be able to back out. He looked like he was considering trying again for a minute there...guess he made the wise choice in the end!ReplyDelete
That was a very wise fox!ReplyDelete