July 29, 2010

ROCKY AND THE FOXES


I always enjoy watching the interaction between the foxes and the Raccoon.
In this video there are four little foxes who seem to be giving the Raccoon a run for his money. Watch how the little foxes run back and forth when the raccoon comes near them. One little girl stands her ground under extreme pressure by the raccoon to chase them all away.
Later in the video a couple of adults come along to make sure the kids are handling the situation appropriately.
I hope you enjoy today's video blog.
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Have a great day!
Sandra

July 16, 2010

A FOX FAMILY AFFAIR


JULY 14, 2010

MICANOPY FLORIDA GRAY FOX FAMILY

TWO PARTS


Today was a great day for fox watching as 7 foxes all came out at the same time. Three adults and all four of the kits!

The one kit in the front with the adults has some spots of fur missing but I really don't know why. He is just fine and very active. All I can do is speculate what might have happened but it was more noticeable a week ago so his fur is coming back fine.

The three adults in the front are the parents of the kits and then Shyanne whom I believe is the grandma fox... also the matriarch of the whole fox clan that lives here. She was pregnant in February and then she took off for a while and came back again in April and she did not have any kits with her. She has now joined this family and I see her with the kits more than the young mother or father. She must have missed not having her own litter this year and she is helping with her daughters family of four. Shyanne had her litter her last year and that is when I first met the foxes.....

PART ONE : INTRODUCTION by Sandra


PART TWO: FOX FAMILY OUTING

July 15, 2010

young fox joins his grandma




In both of these photographs there is an adult fox with a kit. They really protect the young foxes and try to keep them from coming out but they are getting old enough to not always do what they are told.
This is a great video of two of the young foxes by themselves. Watch how fast they move around.
They seem like they are having a lot of fun if you ask me... but a little scared of everything that moves....there are 2 parts to this video fox watch for July 14th, 2010. Tip: you can watch both videos at the same time if you are pressed for time. I try to keep the videos under 3 minutes each but sometimes they get a little longer.
Cheers,
Sandra



July 13, 2010

FOXES DO NOT EAT CATS





FOXES DO NOT EAT CATS. They are pretty much indifferent to them. Foxes stay 15 -20 feet from all other animals ... that is their comfort zone.
I am no exception.

They may sit out side and wait for me all morning but when I come down the stairs and go into the yard they will start backing up or feeling uneasy...
I am glad. I have no intention of trying to make these fox pets. It is the wildness that attracts me. Their adaptability is amazing. I am very lucky to be able to observe a whole family/clan as you will, of foxes in their natural habitat. They actually made me their friend not the other way around.

It was the foxes who built their home 30 feet from my back door and chose to live under my house and it was the foxes who summoned me when one of their own needed help.

Truthfully, I am a city girl living in the country and quit frankly, the first time I saw one of the foxes I was afraid. I had been taught to fear a fox ....sly, eat your chickens,kill your cats and dogs, hunt them down, rabies...blah blah blah... how foolish to trust fables...as fact.

Getting to know the foxes has been one of the most interesting parts of my whole life and I have been around quit awhile now.
Really. I know, that sound hard to believe, being a fox and all, but it is true.

to be continued....





Foxes are very, very smart.

July 12, 2010

TWO BABY FOX EXPLORING


THESE LITTLE FOXES ARE ABOUT 2-3 MONTHS OLD AND THEY ARE DISCOVERING THE WORLD OUT THERE... AREN'T THEY ADORABLE? THEY WERE BORN UNDER THIS OLD BUILDING.

THREE KIT FOXES PLAYING


young fox cubs playing




These kits were born back by this old studio about a football field from the house.
There parents are very protective of their young..on this particular day that I took these pictures, I did not see any adults around for the 45 minutes I was able to observe them romping and playing.
The next day, was a different story.
So excited to have seen the new litter, I was hoping for a similar show, but when I went back to the same spot, I was met by the dad fox and by the look on his face, I decided against it so I snaped his picture and said "see ya later dad"!
After that I never saw them back there again. It is common for a fox to move its litter if they feel it has been threatened, even by a fox loving fan.
What a wonderful surprise to run into 4 adorable gray fox kits one April evening! I was able to observe them only 30 feet from where they were but they never noticed me. They were having such a good time playing and teasing each other. There are four baby gray foxes in this litter.