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!